“I was a lot less nervous (this year),” Gilbert admitted. “I kind of knew what to expect and how it all went. I got to enjoy my poems and enjoy reading them a lot more. I also kind of knew what judges were kind of looking for and what I should emphasize.”
Nine Canadian students have reached the top of the annual 2022 Poetry In Voice competition, beating out 10,000 students in a national poetry performance challenge that awards prizes of $1,000 to $3,000.
The nine finalists were selected from a longlist of 42 semifinalists, with three finalists chosen from each of the three categories. A prize of $35,000 will be given to the winners and their school libraries across the three categories.
Regional competitions for the annual Poetry in Voice competition were held recently, where students learned two poems from the Poetry in Voice anthology in either the English, French or bilingual stream. Once again, northeast Winnipeg is well-represented on the national stage.
The Poetry in Voice competition challenges students in Grades 9-12 to learn two poems by heart and perform them in front of an audience. They can compete in English, French or a bilingual category. $35,000 will be given to the winners and their school libraries across the three categories.
On April 22, Al Gilbert won third prize in the English Poetry in Voice stream, taking home $1,000. The prize also includes an additional $250 for the purchase of poetry books by KEC’s library.
High school students Thierney Dignadice, Sarah Hamdi and Romy Magdalena Pueyo all earned first place honours in the 2021 Poetry in Voice national poetry recitation competition.
Poetry in Voice challenges students in Grades 9-12 to learn two to three poems by heart and perform them in front of an audience. They can compete in English, French or a bilingual category. A prize of $25,000 is given out to the winners across the three categories.
Two guests join us: Al Gilbert and Thierney Dignadice, 3rd and 1st place in the Poetry In Voice National Finals!
A Winnipeg student has won thrid place in a the national Poetry in Voice contest. CBC's Faith Fundal spoke with Kildonan-East Collegiate student, Al Gilbert.
High school students from across Canada were chosen from thousands to compete in a national poetry performance competition known as Poetry in Voice. Students are tasked with selecting two or three poems from a list and then memorize and perform those poems.
The final competition will be broadcast live online on April 22, 2021 on the Poetry in Voice website. The finals will be hosted by former CBC Radio personality Johanne Blais.