Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud Tennessee State Champion, Kendall Grimes, Advances to the National Finals

We are delighted to announce that the Poetry Out Loud Tennessee State Champion, Kendall Grimes, was named one of only nine finalists to advance to the National Finals! Kendall competed in the national semifinals against 55 other students on May 2, 2021.

The Finals event will be held via Livestream at arts.gov/poetry-out-loud on Thursday, May 27th at 6 pm CT/7 pm ET. Please join us in celebrating Kendall’s remarkable achievement!

Actor and writer Shaun Taylor-Corbett will host the evening of recitations by the top nine finalists, with live interviews with the students and the 2021 Poetry Out Loud National Champion announcement.

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the TN Arts Commission. This national program encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students, helping them to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

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
Thursday, May, 27
  • Poetry Out Loud National Finals–this will be a submission-based competition and will be streamed on arts.gov/initiatives/poetry-out-loud

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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