Poetry Out Loud

Register Your School's Poetry Out Loud Champion for the 2022 State Finals!

CLICK HERE: 2022 School Champion State Finals Registration Form 

Tennessee State POL Competition Scheduled for March 4-5, 2022 in Nashville, TN!

While keeping a close eye on COVID-19, we are slated for an in-person competition on March 4-5, 2022 at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, TN. More details to come.

Download the POL_Teachers Guide 2021-2022

2021 National Highlights: We are delighted to announce that the Poetry Out Loud Tennessee State Champion, Kendall Grimes, won 2nd place and a $10,000 award at the 2021 National Finals! Kendall competed in the national semifinals against 55 other students on May 2, 2021, and again in the virtual Finals on May 27, 2021, against the 9 finalists. Congrats to Kendall on her remarkable achievement! Read the official press release here.

New Study on the Impact of Poetry Out Loud

Line by Line: Transforming Student Lives and Learning with the Art of Poetry presents findings from an evaluation of Poetry Out Loud that involves data collection from ten sample schools assessing the program’s impact on poetry appreciation and engagement, social and emotional development, and academic performance. A fact sheet summarizing the results is also available.

About POL
Friday, December, 1
  • Early bird deadline to request a teaching artist residency for the Fall semester.
Friday, January, 14
  • Deadline to schedule and register school competition.
Friday, January, 28
  • Deadline to register school champion for TN State Finals Competition.
Friday and Saturday, March, 4-5
  • POL TN State Finals Competition in Nashville, TN.
Monday-Wednesday, April, 25-27
  • Virtual Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Due to the effects of COVID-19, the National Finals has been switched to a virtual competition. More details to come.

2021-2022 School Competition Registration Form

Register by Friday, January 14, 2022

Request Free Materials

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

Access the POL Online Anthology

The 2021-2022 POL Anthology hosts over 1,100 poems!

2021-22 Poetry Out Loud National Finals April 25-27, 2022

The 2022 Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be held virtually. More information will be announced sooner to the competition.

Watch 2021 student recitations on the Poetry Out Loud YouTube channel


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