Poetry Out Loud
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.
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.
Vermont Poetry Out Loud Schedule
December 3, 2014 - school registration deadline
February 19, 2015 - school champion registration deadline
March 11, 2015 - semi-finals (regions 1 and 2) at Barre Opera House
March 19, 2015 - finals at Vermont PBS studios
School Champion Registration Form
Participating schools must submit a school champion registration form by February 19, 2015.
See Poetry Out Loud Online
The March 11, 2015 semi-finals will be available via live stream throughout the event.
PBS Vermont broadcasts the Poetry Out Loud Vermont State Finals live. You can watch the 2014 finals online any time.
Finalists were selected from the 40 students who recited the work of noted poets at the Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2014 Semi-Finals at the Barre Opera House (watch the 2014 semi-finals here).
Photos from the 2014 Semi-Finals are in the Council's Flickr stream.
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.
The following schools are participating in the Vermont Poetry Out Loud program in 2015:
Arlington Memorial High School
Bellows Free Academy
Black River Middle and High School
Brattleboro Union High School
Burlington High School
Burr and Burton Academy
Champlain Valley Union High School
Enosburg Falls High School
Fair Haven Union High School
Green Mountain Union High School
Harwood Union High School
Lake Region Union High School
Middlebury Union High School
Mill River Union High School
Milton High School
Montpelier High School
Mount Abraham Union
Mount Mansfield Union High School
Mount Anthony Union High School
North Country Union High School
Northfield Middle High School
Otter Valley Union High School
Oxbow High School
Poultney High School
Proctor Jr./Sr. High School
Randolph Union High School
Rice Memorial High School
South Burlington High School
Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
Spaulding High School
St. Johnsbury Academy
The Sharon Academy
U-32 Middle High School
West Rutland School
Whitcomb High School
Winooski High School
Woodstock Union High School
If you have any questions about Poetry Out Loud, 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.