Rhode Island Poetry Out Loud 2022 finalists recite classic poems at the Athenæum’s annual poetry event dedicated to the memory of Charles and Deborah Philbrick and to fostering the art of poetry in Rhode Island and beyond. All ages welcome!
Kyleah Bodden – Hanging Fire by Audre Lorde
Mariama Bandabaila – Songs for the People by Francis Ellen Watkins Harper
Claire Fitzgerald – Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Leanne Gomes – Things You May Find Hidden in My Ear by Mosab Abu Toha
Virginia Keister – I Once Was a Child by Victoria Chang
Jennifer Shon – Adam’s Curse by William Butler Yeats
Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has reached more than 4.1 million students and 68,000 teachers from 17,000 schools and organizations in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa with a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.