Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest is a national program for high-school students and teachers that seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry – recitation and performance. The National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation partner with state arts agencies to bring the Poetry Out Loud program to all 50 states and the US territories. Arizona teachers can now sign up for the 2016-17 year of Poetry Out Loud at the ACA website. The deadline for teachers to sign up and register their school is October 31, 2016. 

2016-2017 Timeline

August 5, 2016 – School Registration Opens
October 31, 2016 – School Registration Closes
October 31, 2016- Request for poet visit must be received (SOUTHERN REGION ONLY.)
February 6, 2017– Deadline to hold school competitions
February 13, 2017 – Central Region Competition
February 20, 2017 Northern Region Competition
February 18, 2017 Southern Region Competition @ UA Poetry Center, 1p.m.-3 p.m.
March 11, 2017 Arizona State Finals, location TBA
May 2-4, 2017– POL National Finals, Washington, DC

Resources for Teachers and Students


Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Poetry Out Loud, National Endowment for the Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Poetry Foundation.