Poetry Out Loud

Student performs during Poetry Out Loud
Photos by Jeff Smith          https://www.jeffsmithusa.com/

Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest is a national program for high-school students and teachers that seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry – recitation and performance. The National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation partner with state arts agencies to bring the Poetry Out Loud program to all 50 states and the US territories.

The University of Arizona Poetry Center is thrilled to be the new administrative home of Arizona's statewide Poetry Out Loud program. 

Register for 2022 Poetry Out Loud 

Teachers who would like to participate register themselves for the program. Once registered, each participating teacher/school receives free multimedia curriculum materials – a poetry anthology, teachers’ guide, posters and comprehensive website all aligned to national standards – augmenting their regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and a classroom-level competition. School-level recitation champions compete to advance to the regional, state and then national levels.

Click here to register for the 2022 POL season! Registration closes October 31, 2021.

2021-2022 Timeline and Important Dates 

August 20, 2021– School Registration Opens
September 2021 – Teacher's Guide and Poetry Out Loud Anthology available online
October 31, 2021 – School Registration Closes
January 2022 – Classroom/School-wide Contests
February 2022 – Virtual Regional Competition Schedule

  Northern Region Central Region Southern Region
Submission Deadline  February 18, 2022 February 18, 2022 February 12, 2022
Semi-Finals Event February 26, 2022 February 26, 2022 February 18, 2022

March 5, 2022 – Virtual AZ POL State Finals Competition
March 15, 2022 – Virtual AZ POL State Finals Celebration
May 1, 2022 –  Virtual POL National Semi-Finals, To be streamed at arts.gov
June 5, 2022 – Virtual POL Finals, To be streamed at arts.gov/Poetry-Out-Loud at 7:00 p.m ET/6:00 p.m. CT/4:00 p.m. PT

Watch the 2022 Arizona State Finals here:

Enjoy a highlight reel of the State Finals here:


Regional Partners

Arizona Poetry Out Loud Regional Partners are organizations with strong ties to their local literary and school communities, and are dedicated to creating opportunities for increased student and school involvement in the Poetry Out Loud program.

Central Region Partner

Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing 
M. McDonough

Northern Region Partner

Northern Arizona University
Andrea Lenhart

Southern Region Partner

University of Arizona Poetry Center
Teré Fowler Chapman 

If you are unsure about your school’s region, or would like more information, please contact the University of Arizona Poetry Center at pceducation@email.arizona.edu

Resources for Teachers and Students

The Poetry Out Loud website offers extensive learning tools, including eligible poetry for the competition, classroom ideas and teacher resources, and specific information about evaluation criteria.  It also contains a highly-useful audio guide that includes excerpts of famous actors and poets reciting poetry, a great way to learn about dramatic appropriateness and articulation.

The Poems and Performance section of the Poetry Out Loud website provides access to the online anthology and other resources for students.

Join Poetry Out Loud on Facebook.

Journals, Books and Websites (61 KB PDF) – Explore more poetry through these web-based poetry resources, print and electronic journals, books and more.

Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Poetry Out Loud, National Endowment for the Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Poetry Foundation.