Poetry Out Loud

Sign up now! All Nebraska high schools are invited to register for this year's Poetry Out Loud program through November 30. For complete details, download the Registration Form.

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

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. 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 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.

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.

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