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 2018 – 2019 school year.

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

Important Dates and Deadlines for 2018-2019

Friday, July 27 – Friday, December 14, 2018
Register schools online  

Saturday, January 19, 2019 Saturday, January 26, 2019
Regional Competition Workshops free and open to teachers and students  

Saturday, February 2, 2019
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Sunday, February 17, 2019
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Regional Competitions for school champions

Saturday, March 2, 2019
State Finals Competition Workshop free and open to State Finalists and their teachers  

Sunday, March 17, 2019
State Finals Competition Following the competition, a reception is given in honor of the State Finalists.   

Monday, April 29 – Wednesday, May 1, 2019
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

2018 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

Register for Poetry Out Loud

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