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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:
2025 National Finals Competition:
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.


Mrs. Karen Woods

Educational Consultant


Phone: 814-342-0884, ext. 3037 

Direct: 814-422-4137

POL Resources:

Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud resources for teachers and students, including the anthology of poems, PDF teacher’s guide, recitation tips, how to host a competition, and more

Poetry Out Loud Facebook
Poetry Out Loud is on Facebook! Stay up-to-date with the latest updates

Poetry Foundation
Outstanding resources for teachers and students. Search for poems and poets, explore thematic collections, listen to audio.

POL Teachers & Organizers
For the Teacher’s Guide and other resources for teachers and organizers.

Poetry Out Loud YouTube
Performances, tips, interviews, and more.

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.

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