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 closed for the 2019-2020 school year.

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

Important Dates and Deadlines

Friday July 26, 2019 – Saturday December 20, 2019 Registration

Saturday(s) January 25 and February 1, 2020 Regional Competitions Workshops, free and open to teachers and students

February 9, 15, 22, and March 1, 2020 – Regional Competitions for school champions

Sunday, March 15, 2020 – State Finals Competition

Monday (April 27) through Wednesday (April 29, 2020) – POL National Finals in Washington, D. C.

Georgia Poetry Out Loud Champion

Congratulations to the new Georgia Poetry Out Loud Champion, Alejandro Campo from Flowery Branch High School! Alejandro represented Georgia at the National Finals along with 52 other state and territory champions. Alejandro placed 3rd overall in the competition and took the $5,000 prize along with an additional $500 for his school.

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

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