Poetry Out Loud

Sign up now for the 2023-24 School Year!

Poetry Out Loud encourages teens to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Poetry Out Loud is an exciting way to bring poetry alive for both students and teachers.

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Registration Form

Poetry Out Loud Nebraska School Registration

Teachers, use this form to get your school registered for Poetry Out Loud

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*In-school programs may start any time after August 31
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*must be completed by early February (date TBA)
Do you wish to have a teaching artist provide virtual coaching sessions* for your students before your school competition?
*Artist sessions are conducted by professional poets and performers who are able to coach students for competitions. The cost of sessions are covered by NAC and are FREE of charge for schools.
The following teacher has agreed to be the contact/coordinator at our school:


All Nebraska high schools are invited to participate in this free program. Participating students compete for a free trip to Washington D.C. and more than $50,000 in scholarships and prizes.

Poetry Out Loud meets many Nebraska ELA and theatre standards, as well as NCTE standards. Nebraska Arts Council provides personalized assistance to help teachers get started with the program.

Virtual artist coaching sessions by professional performing artists and poets are free of charge.



Resources for Coordinating Teachers


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