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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.