Poetry Out Loud

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 deadline for teachers to sign up and register their school was October 31, 2017. 

2017-2018 Timeline

August 5, 2017 – School Registration Opens
October 31, 2017 – School Registration Closes
October 31, 2017- Request for poet visit must be received (SOUTHERN REGION ONLY.)
February 10, 2018 Southern Region Competition @ UA Poetry Center, 1p.m.-3 p.m.
March 3, 2018 Arizona State Finals, location TBA
April 23-25, 2018– POL National Finals, Washington, DC

Resources for Teachers and Students


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