Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. All Nebraska high schools are invited to participate each year in this exciting educational program.

Nebraska's 2015 Poetry Out Loud 10-year anniversary celebration concluded at state finals, March 14 at the Sheldon Art Museum in Lincoln. Following a stellar array of student recitations, Amanda Pohlman, a sophomore from Skutt Catholic High School, was named state champion for a second consecutive year. First runner-up went to Emma Sawyer (Burwell High School) and second runner-up to Hannah Rembert (Cedar Catholic High School). Pohlman competed with students from all 50 states at National Finals in Washington, D.C. April 28-29.

See what Nebraska teachers and students say about POL in these 3 minute videos:

2015 Nebraska Poetry Out Loud State Finals

2014 Poetry Out Loud Nebraska State Finals

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation partner with the Nebraska Arts Council and arts agencies in all 50 states to sponsor Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. Poetry Out Loud builds on the recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as demonstrated by the slam poetry movement among youth. The program encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, which helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about our literary heritage.

Starting at the classroom level, teachers are provided with free multimedia curriculum materials – teachers’ guide, DVD, posters and comprehensive website, all aligned to national standards – to augment their regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and classroom-level competition. In Nebraska, free poetry recitation workshops for students are available to many participating schools. These workshops are led by Nebraska Arts Council roster artists who have expertise in poetry and performance. All Nebraska high schools are welcome to participate in Poetry Out Loud.

Each year, school-level recitation champions advance to regional semi-finals. Regional winners then move on to the state competition held in Lincoln. Nebraska's state winner receives a monetary award, as well as a free trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals.

Visit the Poetry Out Loud website to learn more about the national program.

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