While the celebration may not go as originally planned, the Oregon Arts Commission has transitioned this year’s Poetry Out Loud event into a virtual one, offering an inside look and celebration of our region’s most prolific poets and students of the art form.
On Thursday, poetry fans can gather on the Oregon Arts Commission Facebook page for a special livestreamed event that highlights one of Oregon’s longest-standing artistic endeavors: poetry.
Oregon’s 2020 Poetry Out Loud Oregon State Celebration is tonight at 6 p.m.!
Featured will be special appearances by former Poet Laureate Kim Stafford and current Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani @mojgani !
Join the event here: https://t.co/sWTtiSiYHF
— OregonArtsCommission (@ORArtsComm) May 27, 2020
To ensure that the annually anticipated event doesn’t fade away during this new social climate, the Oregon Arts Commission has invited every student that was set to participate in the annual State Poetry Contest — now canceled due to the pandemic — to read their planned poetry pieces during Thursday’s event.
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Featuring special guests like former Oregon poet Laureate Kim Stafford and the state’s newly appointed Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani, tonight’s presentation will be a spectacular one.
Happy to be part of OR’s 2020 Poetry Out Loud Celebration tonight, 5/27. With the extra challenges our youth had to face this school year, finding whatever ways we can celebrate them is utmost. Live on the @ORArtsComm‘s Facebook, 6pm.https://t.co/lPGNbzVTCx
— Anis Mojgani (@mojgani) May 27, 2020
For more information on how the Oregon Arts Commission celebrates and supports the arts in all forms (dance, music, visual arts, and more), head on over to their website.
Date: Thursday, May 28
Time: 6 pm