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 deadline for teachers to sign up and register their school is October 31, 2019. 

2019-2020 Timeline

August 26, 2018 – School Registration Opens
October 31, 2018 – School Registration Closes
October 31, 2018 – Request for poet visit must be received (SOUTHERN REGION ONLY.)
February 29, 2020 – Southern Region Competition @ UA Poetry Center, 1p.m.- 4p.m.
March 7, 2020 – Arizona State Finals, Phoenix Burton Barr Central Library (Time TBD) 
April 2020  – POL National Finals, Washington, DC  (Date TBD) 

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.