May 3-4, 2016
The culmination of every Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest is the National Finals, where 53 high school students who won poetry recitation contests around the country descend on Washington DC to vie for the title of Poetry Out Loud National Champion and a $20,000 award. In addition to the live event at the Lisner Auditorium, a live, one-time only webcast is available to all poetry fans online at arts.gov. You don't have to be in DC to take part in the thrill of competition. Host a viewing party in your community to watch the live webcast and learn more about the art of poetry.
When to watch
The Poetry Out Loud semifinals take place on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, where 53 high school students from Eastern, Central, and Western/Pacific regions will compete in three, separate semifinals. Nine students (three from each semifinal) will advance to the National Finals on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 between 7:00 and 9:15 pm ET to compete for the title of 2016 Poetry Out Loud National Champion.
Register your party
If you'd like to host a Poetry Out Loud webcast viewing party for some or all of this two-day event, please register here. You'll also find tips and sample materials to help you host and promote a viewing party. Check the list to see if there's a Poetry Out Loud webcast viewing party in your community.
Poetry Out Loud webcast viewing parties are intended solely as educational events to help foster dialogue about poetry, and about the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. Poetry Out Loud webcast viewing parties must be free of charge, no purchase requirements of any kind.