“Poetry Out Loud is the best way I’ve ever seen to teach poetry in a classroom. This program gets the students to essentially teach poems to their classmates by reciting them in a way which gives the poem life. As a poet, I’m so grateful for this program and what it does.” -Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason
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 deadline is October 15.
Teachers, use this form to get your school registered for Poetry Out Loud
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.