Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud

A partnership of the NEA, the Poetry Foundation, and the state arts agencies, Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. Poetry Out Loud offers educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Students select, memorize, and recite poems from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems. In this pyramid structure competition, winners advance from classroom recitation contests to school-wide competitions, then to the state competitions and, ultimately, to the national finals in Washington, DC. To participate in Poetry Out Loud, high school teachers and other educators of high-school-age students must contact the state arts agency Poetry Out Loud coordinator in their state. Visit poetryoutloud.org for a list of contacts and more information about the program.

2018 Poetry Out Loud National Finals

On April 24–25, 2018, students from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands came to Washington, DC to compete in the 2018 Poetry Out Loud national finals. Janae Claxton, a senior at First Baptist School of Charleston from South Carolina won the title of 2018 Poetry Out Loud National Champion and a $20,000 prize. The second-place winner was Nicholas Amador, a senior at Punahou School in Hawaii. The third-place winner was Hope Stratman, a senior at V.J. and Angela Skutt Catholic High School in Nebraska. Read more about the 2018 Poetry Out Loud National Finals on the Art Works blog.