Atlanta History Center administers Poetry Out Loud for the state of Georgia in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and Georgia Council for the Arts.
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, Atlanta History Center 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.
2021. Virtual State Finals.
2021–2022. School year.
Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is open; the Georgia Poetry Out Loud events will be held virtually with the 2022 State Finals Competition held in person.
Friday, July 30, 2021
Friday, October 15, 2021
POL Information Townhall: Student Participation
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
POL Information Townhall: School Competitions
Friday, December 17, 2021
Friday, January 14, 2022
POL Information Townhall: Preparing for Regional Competitions
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Friday, January 28, 2022
Deadline to hold school competitions and select school champion
Sunday, January 30, 2022
Virtual Regional Workshop
Monday, February 7, 2022
Virtual Regional Competitions
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
State Finalists announcement
Sunday, March 6, 2022
Virtual State Finals Workshop
Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 1:00pm
Georgia 2022 Poetry Out Loud State Finals Competition in person located at the Atlanta History Center
After party to immediately follow
Monday through Wednesday, April 25- 27, 2022
POL National Finals Competition located in Washington, D.C.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the National Endowment for the Arts encouraged all participating Poetry Out Loud educators and organizers to conduct virtual competitions for the 2020-2021 season.
This is driven from the current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the safety of all individuals (students, educators, parents, etc.) involved in POL.
The 2021 State Finals Competition was held virtually and streamed live on the Georgia POL Facebook page and selected a state champion. Congratulations to the new Georgia Poetry Out Loud Champion, Karma Hudnall from DeKalb School for the Arts! The 2021 National Finals was also conducted virtually in which Karma competed.
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