Block Island student shines in poetry contest
Ed. Note: The following was sent in to us by Nancy Walker Greenaway about the recently held Poetry Out Loud contest. Greenaway is Kim Woodward’s coach for the competition.
Kim Woodward, the lone female in Block Island School’s Class of 2014, recited “On Monsieur’s Departure,” by Elizabeth I, Queen of England, and “Alone,” by Edgar Allan Poe, at this year’s statewide Poetry Out Loud competition held at the R.I. School of Design’s museum auditorium, Providence, on Sunday, March 16.
She will repeat her recitations, with the addition of Rita Dove’s “American Smooth” at the Block Island Poetry Project’s “Favorite Poems” session, here on Block Island, on April 12, at 6:30 p.m. (Venue yet to be announced.)
I thought Kim’s performance was subtle, nuanced, pure, and devoid of phony theatrics. Kim has a beautiful voice and recited her poems flawlessly.
Martha Lavieri, Coordinator of Poetry Out Loud Rhode Island, wrote to all participants after the competition:
“This year’s judges for Poetry Out Loud were challenged with an extremely tight competition. All of the competitors were incredible and the feedback has been wonderful; comments and kudos and tears and joy.”