Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud


Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry – recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of rap music among youth. Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

How to Get Started

Start by registering your school online and reviewing the information For Teachers.  Once registered, each participating teacher/school site will receive a toolkit, which includes a program guide to help teach recitation and performance and a DVD and companion guide for learning recitation—free of charge.

In Arizona, Poetry Out Loud (POL), is administered by the Arizona Commission on the Arts in collaboration with POL Regional Partners.  Registered schools will be contacted by their region’s partner about the many additional resources and opportunities available.

2014-2015 Arizona Poetry Out Loud Dates to Remember:

Southern Region Competition
Saturday, February 14, 2015 – 1pm
University of Arizona Poetry Center
Tucson, AZ

Northern Region Competition
Saturday, February 28, 2015 – 12pm
Coconino Center for the Arts – Flagstaff, AZ

Central Region Competition
Saturday, February 28, 2015 – 1pm
Arizona State University Memorial Union
Tempe, AZ

Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals
March 12, 2015 – 7pm
Herberger Theater Center

April 27-29, 2015 – National Finals in Washington, D.C.





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