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 is now open for the 2017–2018 school year.

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

Important Dates and Deadlines for 2017

Friday, July 28 – Saturday, December 16, 2017
Register schools online  

Friday, January 26, 2018
Last day to hold school competitions and submit school champion information  

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Regional Competition Workshops free and open to teachers and students  

Saturday, February 3, 2018 located at Whitfield Academy in Mableton, Georgia
Saturday, February 10, 2018 located at the Telfair Center for the Arts in McRae, Georgia
Sunday, February 18, 2018 located at the Atlanta History Center 
Saturday, February 24, 2018 located at the Atlanta History Center

Regional Competitions for school champions

Saturday, March 3, 2018
State Finals Competition Workshop free and open to State Finalists and their teachers  

Sunday, March 11, 2018
State Finals Competition
Following the competition, a reception is given in honor of the State Finalists.   

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Deadline for state champions to register for National Finals  

Monday, April 23 – Wednesday, April 25, 2018
POL National Finals 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

High-Stakes Poetry Competition Brings Students to the Stage
Art Talk with 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Samara Elán Huggins
High School Student wins $20,000 and the title of 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Champion

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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