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Poetry Out Loud North Dakota

  • Hosted by Bill Thomas

High school students from around North Dakota perform poems by poets from Shakespeare to the current Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo.

Each episode has recitations from the statewide contest (17 schools in 2020). The students studied the poems to understand the meaning and worked on creating the best performance, and the results are intense and often moving.

ND Poetry Out Loud is organized by the North Dakota Council on the Arts with support from the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

1969 and Memory and Forgetting

Mar 20, 2020
Poppy Mills

Cassandra Rostvedt does 1969 by Alex Dimitrov, Skylar Longtin does Let It Be Forgotten and Gabi Oberg does I Remember, I Remember.  Good performances, no viruses.

Poetry Out Loud 2020 North Dakota Finals

Mar 14, 2020
Poppy Mills

Bill Thomas presents a selection of many of the performances from the 2020 North Dakota Finals.  For this, the students study the poems meaning – not just the obvious, but every nuance.  They practice saying them over and over, with coaching by teachers, paying attention to timing and feeling and diction.  This is 53 minutes worth of wonderful poetry, wonderfully performed.  Some are funny, some are serious, some are old and some are new.

Kylie Howatt, Jacob Klaudt, Zoey Wood

Mar 13, 2020
Poppy Mills

On this episode, three poems with different takes on nature -- Kylie Howatt from Northwood does Don't Bother the Earth Spirit by Joy Harjo (Poet Laureate of the US). Jacob Klaudt perfroms Eagle Plain, by Robert Francis, and Zoey Wood from Solen does Dawn by Ella Higginson.  Credit to North Dakota Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and Humanites ND.

Mira Osborne and Maria Kalb

Mar 6, 2020
Poppy Mills

Mira Osborne from the Minot Magic City Campus does "Where the Wild Things Go" by D. Gilson, and Maria Kalb (who took top honors in North Dakota) does "Snowflake" by William Baer.  Maria also talks about her take on the poem. Sign up for the podcast!