Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation scholarship contest, with a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends awarded at the annual National Competition Finals. 

This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The contest was created in 2006 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

The schedule and curriculum for POL are designed to fit a teacher’s busy schedule implemented in the class room any time during the fall through early winter according to each teacher’s and high school’s agenda. Standards-based curriculum materials are provided to participating schools. School-wide competitions would need to be scheduled in time to sufficiently precede the county-wide competition in early February. The state-level competition will take place mid-March.

Contact ARTS Obispo for more information, sample assignments and a schedule SLO County teachers have used for their classrooms. Registration for 2015/2016 will begin in September 2015.

Visit the Poetry Out Loud SLO County Facebook page to stay updated and share your experience with all things Poetry Out Loud!

2015 San Luis Obispo County Winner Ethan McSwain