Learn to perform poetry like a professional during our FREE workshop. Author and poet Stacey McAdoo, who was named the Arkansas Teacher of the year in 2019, and teaching artist TJ Medel, who is a No. 1 world ranking spoken word poet, will lead a workshop to help high school students compete in the Poetry Out Loud recitation competition. Students will gain hands-on experience in understanding and performing poetry. The workshop will cover three categories: “Evidence of Understanding,” "Voice and Articulation” and “Dramatic Appropriateness.” Poetry Out Loud is a free, high school program that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. The Arkansas Arts Council has partnered with the Poetry Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts to bring Poetry Out Loud to Arkansas. The workshop is geared to high school students, but all are welcome. Participants are asked to bring a poem that has been approved by Poetry Out Loud for competition. Food and drinks will be provided. McAdoo, who teaches at the historic Central High School in Little Rock, has been recognized for incorporating poetry into her educational curriculum. She mixes poetry and passion to elevate her students’ voices. McAdoo is also the founder and sponsor of the Writeous Poets, a group of youth poets who travel and perform poetry. She has participated in several spoken word groups, including Word Up!, SanKofa Poets and Foreign Tongues. Medel has been featured on national television, including HBO, FOX and CNN, for his work in spoken word poetry. He is a writer and performer who has trained at The Second City, iO Chicago and The Annoyance. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Theater from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock and has since performed in multiple competitions, festivals and venues nationwide. Medel, who is now a creative consultant, was the co-artistic director of the improvised spoken word collective PREACH. Competitions for Poetry Out Loud are being held at the school level, and winners will compete at the state-level competition Saturday, March 14, at the CAL Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock. Tickets are FREE. The Arkansas Champion will compete April 27-29 in Washington, D.C., for a chance to win $20,000.