Seth Wilson Gray, a sophomore at V Sue
Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, is the newly-crowned New Mexico State
Champion poet and will go on to the Poetry Out Loud
National Finals in Washington DC.
On Sunday, Gray came
out on top among 10 other finalists in the New Mexico State Finals, winning
$200, a trip to DC for the national finals and $500 worth of poetry books for
his school’s library.
Sponsored by New
Mexico Arts—a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs—the Poetry Out Loud contest promotes poetry
for youth, cashing in on a recent resurgence of slam poetry and rap music. Over
1,300 students in New Mexico alone took part in the competition, being judged
on presence, articulation, evidence of understanding and accuracy. The
competition not only encourages literary discovery, but also helps students
master public speaking and build self-confidence.
competes in the National Finals in Washington DC on April 29 and 30.
Photo courtesy of facebook.com/PoetryOutLoud