It’s one thing to read a great poem, but you often have to hear it to gather its full effect. Under the proper reflection and reiteration, those who recite poetry can uncover its power or nuance for those who might have otherwise have never heard it or dismissed it altogether. To witness it in the hands of a master is to watch it breathe and live.

This annual event features high school students competing through recitation and performance, selecting their pieces from an official anthology and original poems. Those who finish with the top five scores move on to a state competition in February.

The event is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, administered in Alabama by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education, Region 1 activities coordinated by Mobile Arts Council in partnership with Mobile Public Library.
Admission is free.

For more info, call 251-432-9796.

Poetry Out Loud: Alabama Regional Competition
Where: Ben May Public Library, Bernheim Hall, 701 Government St.
When: Nov. 21, 10 a.m.