Poetry Out Loud New Mexico state finals; Muse Times Two readings by Cate Marvin and Gary Worth Moody
In the olden days, memorization and recitation of poetry was an educational staple, meant for building kids’ public-speaking skills and cognitive capacity while also introducing them to language and literature. But the activity fell out of favor generations ago, seen by many as an outmoded teaching technique using an esoteric art. In 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation partnered with state arts agencies to form Poetry Out Loud and bring the practice back at the extracurricular level. Since then, competitions have been held in high schools across the nation and 10 national champions have been crowned. Local winners face off at the Poetry Out Loud New Mexico state finals on Sunday, March 6, at 1 p.m., in St. Francis Auditorium (New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave., 505- 476-5027). There is no charge to attend. The winner goes on to compete at the 11th annual national championship, held in Washington, D.C. in May. For information visit www. nmarts. org/poetry- out- loud.
The poetry continues all afternoon on Sunday, March 6, with a Muse Times Two reading by Cate Marvin and Gary Worth Moody at 4 p.m. at Collected Works Bookstore (202 Galisteo St., 505-988- 4226). Marvin is the author of three books, most recently Oracle, published in 2015 by W.W. Norton & Company. Moody lives in Santa Fe; his most recent book is OCCOQUAN, published last year by Red Mountain Press. — J. L.