Enloe High School Student Competes in National ‘Poetry Out Loud’ Contest
Iman Dancy won the statewide Poetry Out Loud competition.
Photo courtesy of Julie Knight for the North Carolina Arts Council
Iman Dancy, a junior at Enloe High School in Raleigh, competed in the national Poetry Out Loud competition during her sophomore year April 24-25 in Washington, D.C. Poetry Out Loud is an annual contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and administered by the North Carolina Arts Council.
As winner of the statewide competition, which was held in Greensboro on March 4, Dancy joined more than 50 students from across the country in reciting classic and contemporary poetry at the 2017 National Poetry Out Loud finals. She recited “Learning to Love America” by Shirley Geok-Lin Lim, “On Virtue” by Phillis Wheatley and “I Am Offering This Poem” by Jimmy Santiago Baca.
“I have learned the true power of poetry through competing in Poetry Out Loud,” Dancy said after the competition in Greensboro. “The way that the judges’ and audience’s eyes light up when I’m performing allows me to see just how important poetry truly is to its listeners.”
Karen Lewis Taylor is a former high school teacher with extensive experience writing about education, child mental health and students with special needs. A lifelong resident of the Triangle, she lives with her family in Apex.