OC RYSE is the only performance poetry competition featuring teams of students from high schools across Orange County. The goal of OC RYSE is to increase the exposure of poetry to a general public audience by featuring the engaging, dynamic performances of talented local young poets.
In the competition, student performers first choose a classic poem to dramatically recite. Second, students craft and perform an original response poem that echoes elements of the classic choice. This synthesis of academics and artistry promises audiences a stimulating exploration of poetry’s broad power.
Two teams of up to 7 members per school may register for OC RYSE. Home school teams, after school clubs, & similar organizations can compete as long as they adhere to all the rules for traditional schools. For a 3-minute video overview with excerpts of performances, click here or the link below.