Poetry Out Loud

Registration is Open for TN Poetry Out Loud Competition

Poetry Out Loud is a nationwide program created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, encouraging the study of poetry to high schoolers through a unique competition. This program is sometimes students’ first interaction with poetry and serves as an incredible tool for ALL students to learn useful public speaking and presentation skills.

Poetry Out Loud is a fun, dynamic platform for ALL students to participate in a school activity, and learn useful public speaking and presentation skills. Follow the links below to have materials sent to your school or to register your school for the program.

About POL
Tuesday, January, 12
  • Deadline to send school registration to TN Arts Commission
Monday, February, 1
  • Deadline to register your school's champion for the state competition
Tennessee Poetry Out Loud State Finals
Friday, February, 26
  • This year is a virtual competition. Details to come.

School Registration

Register your school by January 12, 2021 for the competition to receive materials and updates.

State Finals Registration

Have a winner? Register your student for the State Finals in Nashville, TN by February 1, 2021.

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

Download the POL Virtual Competitions and Requirements Document from the National Endowment for the Arts

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