Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a free program created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation for students in grades 9 – 12. Since 2005, the program has reached more than 3.6 million students and 55,000 teachers from 14,000 schools in every state, Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Beyond gaining an appreciation for poetry, time and again high school students tell us what an impact Poetry Out Loud has had on their lives. The program has helped students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage through classical and contemporary poetry.

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School Registration

Bring Poetry Out Loud to your school! Register your school for the competition to receive materials and updates.

State Finals Registration

Have a winner? Register your student for the State Finals in Nashville, TN.

Free Materials

Access free online materials, and sign up to receive the Poetry Out Loud Teacher's Guide.

Meet the TN Poetry Out Loud Reigning Champion, Kendall Grimes

Kendall Grimes competed in the 2018-2019 State Finals as a freshman from Battle Ground Academy. Her recitations won her the title of State Champion, sending her to POL Nationals in Washington, D.C.

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