The West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts will host the West Virginia State Finals of the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest at 2 pm, on Saturday, March 6th. The program will take place in the Norman L Fagan West Virginia State Theater of the Culture Center, State Capital Complex in Charleston. The state final competition round is free and the public is encouraged to come support the student contestants.
The Division will welcome back Chris Sarandon, of The Princess Bride, and The Nightmare Before Christmas fame, as emcee for the event. In addition, Nikki Giovianni, the writer, poet, educator and activist will make a presentation as a guest speaker.