Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud helps students improve public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn great poetry in literature.

High schools get involved now in Poetry Out Loud, a local, state, and national poetry recitation competition. 

Registration now closed for 2017.

For more information, please email pol@atlantahistorycenter.com.

Important Dates and Deadlines for 2017

12/16/2016 – Registration Closes 

01/27/2017 – Deadline to Hold School Competitions 

01/28/2017 – Southern Georgia Regional Workshop 

02/04/2017 – Metro Atlanta Regional Workshop 

02/11/2017 – North Georgia Regional Competition 

02/18/2017 – Southern Georgia Regional Competition 

02/25/2017 – Metro Atlanta Regional Competition, located at Atlanta History Center 

03/04/2017 – State Finalist Workshop 

03/12/2017 – State Finals Competition, located at Atlanta History Center

04/24 – 26/2017 – National Finals Competition, located in Washington, D.C. 

Information About Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is an innovative program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance of the written word. It incorporates the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into English and drama classes. Poetry Out Loud, which began in 2005, helps students improve public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about the role great poetry plays in literature.

In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and Georgia Council for the Arts, the Margaret Mitchell House (Atlanta History Center’s Midtown campus) administers Poetry Out Loud for the state of Georgia.

Functioning much like a spelling bee, the Poetry Out Loud competition uses a pyramid structure that begins in the classroom. Winners of each classroom recitation competition advance to a school-wide contest, then each school’s top winner goes to a semi-final, regional competition. Finalists from these semi-final competitions will advance to compete in a regional competition. Finalists from each regional competition will be selected to advance on to State competition. Finally, one Georgia winner will compete at the National Final in Washington, D.C.

In the News

POL Georgia Champion Places in National Finals

Program Resources

2016-2017 Teacher's Guide
POL Accessibility in the Classroom
National Council of Teachers of English

Quick Links 

Georgia Council for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
Poetry Foundation
Poetry Out Loud

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