Poetry Out Loud
HIGH SCHOOLS: GET INVOLVED NOW!
LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL POETRY RECITATION COMPETITION
Registration NOW OPEN for 2017!
Educators CLICK HERE to register your school
Contact the POL State Coordinator via email.
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
03/04/2017 – STATE FINALIST WORKSHOP
03/12/2017 – STATE FINALS COMPETITION
04/24 – 26 – NATIONAL FINALS COMPETITION LOCATED IN WASHINGTON, DC
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.
GEORGIA POL CHAMPION MARTA PALOMBO WON 2ND PLACE AT THE 2016 POL NATIONAL FINALS IN WASHINGTON, DC, WINNING $10,000 AND $500 STIPEND TO PURCHASE POETRY BOOKS
WATCH MARTA RECITE “Mingus at the Showplace” by William Matthews at the National Finals