About Poetry Out Loud

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Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud 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.  

Teachers, librarians, or administrators register their high schools each year with the Ohio Arts Council and organize contests with one class, several classes, or a whole school. Contests, workshops, and multi-media program materials, including curricula, are free. Poetry Out Loud is aligned with Common Core and NCTE standards.

Register Your School

 

Contest Structure

Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. A winner from each participating school is invited to compete in a regional semifinal contest. The top scoring students from each semifinal advance to the State Finals competition. First, second, and third place winners at the State Finals receive cash prizes and money for their school libraries. Both semifinals and state finals are free and open to the public. 

The winner of the State Finals becomes Ohio’s new Poetry Out Loud state champion and is invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to compete for the title of Poetry Out Loud national champion in the National Finals in Washington D.C. The national championship prize is $20,000.

Click here for more information about Ohio's Poetry Out Loud contests.

Partnerships

 

Download 2016-17 FORMS

Select the documents below to download the PDF version.

event schedule   2016-17 Event Schedule
 school info form Participating School Information Form 
 student release form Participant Release Form 
 school champion form  School Champion Information Form

 

Featured Videos

We found 4 events in February 2017
Feb21
Event
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W Main Cross St, Findlay, OH 45840, USA
Regional Semifinal Contest for the Northwest/Findlay/Toledo Region, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Feb22
Event
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
K12 Gallery & TEJAS, 341 S Jefferson St, Dayton, OH 45402, USA
Regional Semifinal Contest for the West Central/Dayton Region, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Feb24
Event
Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Elementz, 1100 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Regional Semifinal Contest for the Southwest/Cincinnati Region, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Feb25
Event
Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Cleveland Public Library, Main Branch, Louis Stokes Auditorium, 325 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114, USA
Regional Semifinal Contest for the Northeast/Cleveland Region, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Contact

CHIQUITA MULLINS LEE | Arts Learning Coordinator

chiquita.mullinslee@oac.ohio.gov

KATIE SWETT | Ohio POL Project Coordinator

katie.swett@oac.ohio.gov

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