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.

2013-2014 Arizona Poetry Out Loud Dates to Remember:

Northern Region Competition
Saturday, February 8, 2014 – 1pm
Coconino Center for the Arts

Southern Region Competition
Saturday, March 8, 2014 – 1pm
University of Arizona Poetry Center

Central Region Competition
Saturday, March 8, 2014 – 1pm
Arizona State University

Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals
March 15, 2014 – 4pm
At the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books

April 28-30, 2014 – National Finals in Washington, D.C.





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