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 will come to our nation’s capital to compete in the 2018 Poetry Out Loud national finals, an opportunity to win a grand prize of $20,000 and the title of National Champion.

Both days will be webcast live at arts.gov.

Read more about the 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Champion, Samara Elán Huggins, on the Art Works blog.