Poetry Out Loud

Interested in conducting a Poetry Out Loud competition in your school?

Schedule a meeting with Arts Learning Specialist and Poetry Out Loud Coordinator Michelle Sipes, to discuss how to implement a Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition at your school, set up a FREE educational residency with a professional teaching artist, and answer any questions you have about the program. Email Michelle Sipes at michelle.sipes@tn.gov to schedule a meeting!

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

Currently, we are modeling the TN State Competition after the NEA’s 2021-2022 plans for the season. 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, October , 1
  • Early bird deadline to Request FREE POL educational materials.
Friday, October, 15
  • Early bird deadline to request a teaching artist residency for the Fall semester.
Friday, January, 14
  • Deadline to schedule and register school competition.
Wednesday, January, 26
  • 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
  • Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC.

Interested in Participating? Reach Out Here

Reach out to POL State Coordinator with your questions!

Request Free Materials

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

School Registration

Register by Friday, January 21, 2022

2021-22 Poetry Out Loud National Finals April 26-27, 2022

The 2022 Poetry Out Loud National Finals are planned to be held April 26-27th in Washington, DC. More information will be announced sooner to the competition.

Watch 2021 student recitations on the Poetry Out Loud YouTube channel


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