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 for the 2020-2021 POL season is November 23rd, 2020. 

2020-2021 Timeline

October 5, 2020 – School Registration Opens
November 23, 2020 – School Registration Closes
February 15, 2021 – Virtual Southern Region Competition 
March 15, 2021 – Virtual Arizona State Finals  
May 2, 2021 – Virtual POL National Semi-Finals  
May 27, 2021  – Virtual POL National Finals  

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.