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Wolfs Wins Wisconsin's Poetry Out Loud Contest

Anna Wolfs, 2012 Wisconsin Poetry Out Loud Winner

Competing in a very strong field of eight contestants from across the state, Anna Wolfs, a sophomore at Arrowhead High School (Hartland), won the 2011-2012 Poetry Out Loud State contest on Saturday, March 24 in Madison.  The poems she recited from memory were:  “The Death of Allegory,” by Billy Collins; “Lions” by Sandra McPherson; and “Hap” by Thomas Hardy.  The runner-up was Rosalyn Gravrok, Holy Family School, Eau Claire.  The first place winner will receive a $200 scholarship and her school, $500. She will represent Wisconsin at the National Finals in Washington, DC on May 13-15 where she is eligible to win up to $25, 000 in scholarships. She is the daughter of Alicia and Hendrik Wolfs of Hartland.

The runner-up will received $100 and her school $200 for poetry books.  Other state finalists who had won their regional contests were Lydia Wildes, Veritas Academy, Eau Claire; Annetta Martin, Milwaukee School of the Arts; Isabel Karp and Lily Veldran, James Madison Memorial HS; Esther O'Brien, Rhinelander HS; Natalie Steiner, Wrightstown HS. 

WPR's Jim Fleming emceed the event held at the Bartell Theater with Stephanie Klett, Secretary of WI Dept. of Tourism; Wendy Vardaman, Madison's co-Poet Laureate; and Bruce Dethlefsen, Wisconsin's Poet Laureate as the contest judges.  Jacki Martindale is the program's state coordinator for the Wisconsin Arts Board.  The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation are the founders and national supporters for the contest.  All Wisconsin high schools are eligible to participate.  For more information, contact Martindale at jmpmartindale@gmail.com.

Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency that nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage. Since 1973, the Arts Board has supported artists and arts organizations with funds from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on the Wisconsin Arts Board, please visit http://artsboard.wisconsin.gov.