Poetry Out Loud: Teacher Resources

The Poetry Center is pleased to announce its regional partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts in administering and facilitating Poetry Out Loud for the Southern Arizona region.

Below are the Poetry Out Loud resources the Poetry Center will make available to schools located in Southern Arizona.

Residencies: Poet visits to your school!

Through funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Poetry Center offers one day visits (7 hours) from poets for registered schools to help guide your students through the process of creating unique poem performances. The residency visits are offered to schools in Southern Arizona for FREE! In order to receive a residency visit, lead teachers must fill out the form below, sign a contract, and agree to coordinate the visit with all parties at the school site. We have a limited number of visits to offer and they are available on a first come first serve basis. To schedule your residency, please fill out this form and fax it to Renee Angle at 520-621-5566.

Timeline for the 2015-2016 Season

  • August 5, 2015 – School Registration Opens
  • October 30, 2015 – School Registration Closes
  • February 20th, 2016--Southern Arizona Regional Finals
  • May 2-4, 2016 – POL National Finals, Washington, DC

Online Primer for Teachers and Students preparing for the contest

View past participants of the Poetry Out Loud contest recite their work and SLAM experts speak about some of the fundamentals of performance. A good review for anyone preparing for Poetry Out Loud experience.

Judge Training

The Poetry Center can send representatives to deliver a 45 minute judge training workshop for judges you select for school-wide competitions. We are no longer able to send trained judges to school sites. Poetry Center does send an ambassador to each school competition bearing gifts for the top three winners!

Regional Finals

Winners from each school competition will compete at a regional finals hosted by the Poetry Center. The 2015 Semi-Finals will be held TBD. The event is open to the public and we encourage all friends and family of competing students to attend. Flyers will be made available to lead teachers to distribute about the event, information will also be made available on the web.

Teacher Guide

A new teacher guide aligned to AZ College and Career Ready Standards is here! This guide is structured for standards based learning and contains innovative arts integration learning activities. 

Sign Up

You can register for the program here on the Arizona Commission on the Arts website August 10th to October 30th.

Arizona Board of Regents