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Poetry In Voice

Poetry In Voice is a recitation contest that begins in the classroom and, for some, ends on a national stage.

The first two Poetry In Voice champions were UCC students Jonathan Welstead and Alexander Gagliano. The MacIntosh Library shelves a robust collection of poetry purchased with their prize money.

Scott Griffin, founder of the contest and chairman of The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry, introduced this initiative to Ontario high schools in 2011. It has expanded to include all provinces and territories since then.

Students explore art and culture through the poems they select and accept the challenge of  reflecting a poet’s experience in a public recitation. The contest encourages healthy competition and introduces students to a variety of national and international voices. It also requires students to communicate sophisticated ideas, which is satisfying for both the speaker and the audience. Prizes are allotted for winners and school libraries.

Watch 2011 Poetry In Voice champion Jonathan Welstead ’11 recite:

The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Preludes by T.S. Eliot