Due to the impacts of COVID-19 in Michigan and recommendations on preventative measures from Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan’s Poetry Out Loud State Finals event has been postponed. The competition was scheduled to take place on Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, in Lansing.

“The health of the participating students, family members, teachers, judges, emcees, workshop leaders, special guests, and staff is our top priority as we move forward with this decision,” said Michigan Humanities President and CEO Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki.

Program partners at 36 schools across Michigan were notified of the postponement on Wednesday afternoon. An alternative State Finals competition will be planned for a later date.

Michigan’s Poetry Out Loud program is part of a national initiative and funded through a partnership between Michigan Humanities and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Additional support is generously provided by the Liesel Litzenburger Meijer Fund, Meijer, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Poetry Foundation.

About Michigan Humanities
Michigan Humanities inspires Michiganders to come together in creative and freely expressed ways to deepen our understanding of ourselves and enrich our communities. In carrying out this mission, Michigan Humanities builds awareness and excitement for humanities in everyday life, achieves best practices and sustainability for all humanities programs and services in Michigan, and upholds the following key values:

• Inclusion, diversity, and equity
• Discovery and understanding
• Authentic conversation
• Respectful collaboration
• Meaningful experiences

Michigan Humanities’ vision is for all people of Michigan to experience and understand the importance of humanities to enrich lives.

About Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3.8 million students and 60,000 teachers from 16,000 schools in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.