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. 

Sign Up

If you are a school in Southern Arizona, you can register for the program here, on this site, August 12 to October 18. If you a school from the central or northern region, visit the Arizona Commission on the Arts website.


Through funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Poetry Center offers residency packages for registered schools that includes visits from both professional poets and graduate students in the university’s creative writing program for a limited number of hours to help guide your students through the process of creating unique poem performances. The residency package is valued at over $1,000 per school, but is offered to schools in Southern Arizona for FREE! In order to receive a residency package, lead teachers must attend a planning meeting. The planning meeting for the 2013-2014 season will be: TBA.  The number of contact hours with poets and coaches available to each school varies from year to year and is dependant on funding.

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.

Professional Development

Lead teachers receive a stipend of $75 to $100 and certificate of completion for attending two ½ day workshops at the Poetry Center that addresses strategies for teaching poetry recitation in the classroom and organizing and presenting a school-wide competition.  The 2013-2014 session took place July 15 and 16, 2013.

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 typically in March. 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.

Lesson Plans

Check out John Hollander's "Committed to Memory" Lesson Plan on Poets.org!and the WordPlay blog.

Arizona Board of Regents