Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud

A partnership of the NEA, the Poetry Foundation, and the state arts agencies, Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. Poetry Out Loud offers educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Students select, memorize, and recite poems from an anthology of more than 700 classic and contemporary poems. In this pyramid structure competition, winners advance from classroom recitation contests to school-wide competitions, then to the state competitions and, ultimately, to the National Finals in Washington, DC. 

To participate in Poetry Out Loud, high school teachers and other educators of high-school-age students must contact the state arts agency Poetry Out Loud coordinator in their state. Visit poetryoutloud.org for a list of contacts and more information about the program.

Poetry Out Loud National Semifinals and Finals Webcast

Join us for the webcast of the National Semifinals and Finals: April 29-30, 2014. The 53 state champions will compete during the Poetry Out Loud semifinals on April 29th  from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT at the Lisner Auditorium at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Nine finalists will advance to the National Finals taking place  April 30th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. EDT.

See the list of the 2014 Poetry Out Loud State Champions who will be competing.