POETRY OUT LOUD - REGION 8
A partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies, Poetry Out Loud™ is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country.
The program starts in the classroom/school or at the local level with an area organization. Winners then may advance to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the national finals. Awards and placements are determined solely by the judges’ scores based on the Poetry Out Loud Evaluation Criteria.
Non-school organizations, such as after school clubs, libraries, or non-profit organizations, may also choose to run Poetry Out Loud. Students may only compete in one stream—either with their school or an organization. Students unable to participate with a school or a local organization should contact their regional or state Poetry Out Loud coordinator to discuss other opportunities for inclusion in the state’s official competition.
Since the program began in 2005, more than four million students and 65,000 teachers from 16,000 schools across the country have participated in Poetry Out Loud.
Already love poetry? Welcome fellow lyric-lovers! Don’t think you like poetry? Maybe you just haven’t found the right poem yet. Explore the official POL anthology, try a random poem, or look through the POL collections. Trust us, there’s a poem out there for everyone.
TEACHERS + ORGANIZERS
Who can participate in the official Poetry Out Loud contest? The official Poetry Out Loud contest is administered at the state level by state and jurisdictional arts agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa. All types of high schools are welcome to participate, including public, private, parochial, independent, charter, etc., as well as homeschool students. Non-school organizations, such as after school clubs, libraries, or non-profit organizations, may choose to run Poetry Out Loud as well. Students may only compete in one stream—either with their school or an organization. Only schools and organizations registered with their state Poetry Out Loud coordinator are eligible for the competition; if you would like to get involved, register below by Friday, November 19th.
Students unable to participate at their school or a local organization should contact our office to discuss other opportunities for inclusion in the state’s official competition. Only currently enrolled students in grades 9–12 are eligible, with an exception made for 8th-grade students participating in a 9th- through 12th-grade class. A Poetry Out Loud National Champion is not eligible to compete in future years. No student may be excluded from participating in Poetry Out Loud on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. More information on Poetry Out Loud rules and eligibility may be found at poetryoutloud.org.