Mariposa Student Competes in State Poetry Out Loud Finals


This month, twelve local students competed in the Poetry Out Loud Mariposa County Finals.
The County Champion title was awarded to Daniele Mattocks Turck, whose vibrant and nuanced performances of ‘What to say upon being asked to be friends’ by Julian Talamantez Brolaski, ‘And Soul’ By Eavan Boland and ‘A Poison Tree’ by William Blake scored very highly with the judges. Daniele will now go to compete in the State final in Sacramento in March. Runner-up performers were Sage Hawley and Sage DiMorenti.

The Mariposa County Poetry Out Loud competition is coordinated by the Mariposa County Arts Council. In the weeks leading up to the contest, students were guided by their teachers, Brooke Dobson and Annika Zrebski with additional coaching by local poet Megan Levad Beisner, author of Why We Live in the Dark Ages and What Have I to Say to You. This year’s judges were Karen Amstutz, Tyson Wellcome, Abby Miller and Maureen McCormick.