Poetry Out Loud

  • Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies.

  • 2024-2025 Poetry Out Loud Competition​
    PA Regional Competition:

    Snowdate: TBD
    Location: TBD
    Other Important Dates:
    2024 PA State Competition:
    The 2024 Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be held March 4, 2024. Click here to visit the PA Council on the Arts for more information.  
    2024 National Finals Competition:
    The 2024 Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be held in Washington, DC from April 30 to May 2, 2024. 
    This year, we are also inviting students in grades 6-12 who are not competing in the Poetry Out Loud competition to submit their original works of poetry to read/perform on stage between rounds! 
    For more information and to submit student poems, please click HERE.


Karen Woods, Consultant

  • Mrs. Karen Woods

    Educational Consultant

    Email: [email protected]

    Phone: 814-342-0884, ext. 3037 

    Direct: 814-422-4137

  • POL Mobile App

    Download the free POL app!

    With this app, students can easily find, save, and practice poems for the competition on their phones or tablets. Many thanks to our wonderful partners at the Poetry Foundation for developing this.

    Available for download on the Apple & Android Mobile Apps.

    Join our POL Mailing List by scanning the QR code below!
    Poetry Out Loud Mailing List QR