North Dakota's Poetry Contestant a National Finalist

Apr 25, 2018

Maria Modi Tuya at the North Dakota State Finals
Credit NDCA

This March, we covered the Poetry Out Loud North Dakota contest and our state winner, Maria Modi Tuya. We are excited that Maria has gone to the national contest and was declared one of nine finalists.  She did not win the top spot in the final rounds, but performed very well, as you could have seen had you watched the live webcast.  Congratulations to Maria.

From the North Dakota Council on the Arts: Provided in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Poetry Foundation, and NDCA, Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the mastery of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic competition to high schools across the country. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to the school-wide competition, then to the state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC.

For further information on Poetry Out Loud, visit, or contact Rebecca Engelman at (701) 328-7593 or via email at