(Natrona County Public Library, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — In the coming weeks, Natrona County teenagers will have a change to show their artistic side with the annual Poetry Out Loud competition.

Poetry Out Loud is a free arts education program from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Offered locally in partnership with the Wyoming Arts Council, the Natrona County Library will host the local competition for high school students on Feb. 11.

The competition will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and will take place in the Crawford Room at the library. Entry is free.

The winner of the local competition will go on to compete at a statewide competition in Cheyenne, and winners there will be able to advance to a national competition in Washington D.C. for a chance to win $20,000.

Students must pick three poems from the Poetry Out Loud Anthology to memorize and recite. The first-place winner at the local competition will have travel and hotel covered to compete at the state final. Wyoming’s state champion will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the nation’s capital to compete at the national competition in May.

Those wishing to take part can register online here.