Poetry Out Loud

What is Poetry Out Loud?

Poetry Out Loud, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. 

2013-2014 Program Information

In New York, students will compete at the local and regional levels, with regional winners participating in the state competition in Troy on March 4, 2014. The New York State champion will then travel to the national finals in Washington, DC. Dates for regional competitions are now posted!



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Deadline for registration is November 15, 2013.  




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The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It has embarked on an ambitious plan to bring the best poetry before the largest possible audiences.
NYSCA, The New York State Council on the Arts, is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York's citizens.