Poetry Out Loud: Nebraska!

Regional Competitions

The public is warmly invited to attend these free events, which will feature students from 30 high schools all over the state reciting classic and contemporary poetry. The top regional contestants will advance to state finals. 

Kearney | Sunday Feb. 16, 20 | Kearney Public Library
Address: 2020 1st Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm      

Omaha  | Saturday Feb. 22, 20 | Joslyn Art Museum
Address: Abbott Lecture Hall, 2200 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68102
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Nebraska State Finals

The Nebraska state champion will win a trip to Washington, DC, where they will compete with students from every state for over $50,000 in prizes.

Lincoln | Sunday, March 8 | Sheldon Art Museum
Address: Abbott Auditorium 12th and R Streets, Lincoln, NE 68508
Time: 1:30 - 4:30pm

Travel stipends available to schools
more than 75 miles from nearest regional event

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POETRY OUT LOUD encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. POL is a great way to bring poetry alive for both students and teachers.

  • POL is free of charge!
  • All Nebraska high schools are invited to participate.
  • Students compete for a free trip to Washington DC and over $50,000 in scholarships and prizes
  • POL meets many Nebraska ELA and Theatre standards, as well as NCTE standards. 
  • NAC provides personalized assistance to help teachers get started and carry out the program.
  • Free artist school visits by professional performing artists and poets
  •   Visit the Poetry Out Loud website to learn more.

POL meets Nebraska's educational standards in English Language Arts & Theatre.

Previous POL Videos

2016 Video

2015 Video

2014 Video