Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a national competition for high school students that encourages them to memorize and recite great works of poetry. It builds on the recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as demonstrated by the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of hip-hop among our youth.
Participation begins at the classroom level around the country. Teachers organize contests involving one class or a whole school with the winners advancing to the state finals, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. Contestants choose and learn about poems from an extensive online anthology of classical and contemporary poetry while mastering public speaking skills as well as building self-confidence.
December 3, 2013 - School Registration Deadline
February 21, 2014 - School Champion Registration Deadline
March 12, 2014 - Semi-Finals (Region 1) at Barre Opera House
March 13, 2014 - Semi-Finals (Region 2) at Barre Opera House
March 20, 2014 - Finals at Vermont Public Television Studios
Register your school champion and alternate
Poetry Out Loud Teacher’s Guide
The latest version of the Teacher’s Guide includes tips for making the program a success at your school, optional scoring rubrics, and suggested lesson plans.
Guest artist visits
Request a guest artist visit your school (free of charge) to help students with their recitation skills.
These video clips will help you understand what makes a recitation excellent and what our judges are looking for.
Vermont Poetry Out Loud Facebook page
Like our Facebook page and follow POL updates from around the state and country. Post your own recitation videos and see what the competition is up to.
10 tips for making the program a success at your school
A list of great ideas that can help you make Poetry Out Loud part of the culture of your school.
Poetry Out Loud and the Common Core
POL addresses a number of standards including the Common Core, the Vermont Framework, and the NCTE English Teaching Standards.
A list of Vermont schools currently participating in Poetry Out Loud
If you have any questions about Poetry Out Loud, please email Ben Doyle, Arts Education Program Manager for the Vermont Arts Council or call him at (802)-828-3778.
In Vermont, Poetry Out Loud is presented by the Vermont Arts Council in partnership with The Vermont Principals Association and Vermont Public Television.