Poetry Out Loud

Congratulations to the Winners of POL 2021

The 2021 Tennessee Poetry Out Loud (POL) champion is Kendall Grimes, a junior at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN. The competition was held virtually in early March with a virtual showcase and awards ceremony held on Friday, March 12. Grimes took home the state championship in 2019 as a freshman. She then traveled to compete nationally in Washington D.C.

Samantha Cheek, a senior from Clayton-Bradley Academy in Alcoa is the first runner-up. Cheek will receive a prize award and the school will receive a stipend for the purchase of poetry books and supplies. Eden Carnes a homeschool student from Friendsville, TN is the second runner-up and Delaney Viner from Harding Academy of Memphis is the third runner-up. They will also receive prize awards. Poetry Out Loud will award a total of $50,000 in scholarship awards and school stipends at the National Finals, including a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

About POL
Sunday, May, 2
  • Poetry Out Loud National Semifinals–this will be a submission-based competition and will be streamed on arts.gov.
Thursday, May, 27
  • Poetry Out Loud National Finals–this will be a submission-based competition and will be streamed on arts.gov.

School Registration

Registration is closed for the 2021 POL State Competition.

State Finals Registration

Meet the 2021 TN state Finalists.

Free Materials

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

2021 Poetry Out Loud National Finals to be held virtually

In order to ensure the safety and health of participating students and staff, the 2021 POL National Finals will be held virtually in lieu of holding them on-site in Washington D.C. as previously planned.

Watch 2020 student recitations on the Poetry Out Loud YouTube channel


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