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 800 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 and Viewing Parties

Join us for the webcast of the 2015 National Semifinals and Finals April 28-29, 2015. The 53 state champions will compete during the Poetry Out Loud semifinals on April 28th  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 29th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. EDT. You don't have to be in DC to take part in the thrill of competition. Host a viewing party in your community to watch the live webcast and learn more about the art of poetry.

State Champions

2013 South Dakota State Champion
Vermillion High School
2013 Oregon State Champion
The Center for Advanced Learning