POL Key Dates




  • January 31, 2017, 6pm NYC: SUNY Global Center, The Global Classroom (snow date: February 13)
  • January 31, 2017, 6pm BROCKPORT: College at Brockport, Seymour Ballroom (snow date: February 6)
  • January 31, 2017, 6pm TROY: Hudson Valley Community College, Auditorium at Bulmer Telecommunications Center (snow date: February 6)
  • February 2, 2017, 6pm WILLIAMSVILLE: Erie Community College, North Campus, Gleasner Hall auditorium (snow date: March 2)
  • February 3, 2017, 6pm GARDEN CITY: Nassau Community College, College Center Building (CCB) (snow date: February 10)
  • February 6, 2017, 6pm PURCHASE: Purchase College, Neuberger Museum of Art (snow date: February 13)
  • February 7, 2017, 6pm SYRACUSE: Onondaga Community College, Storer Auditorium (snow date: February 9)
  • February 8, 2017, 6pm ONEONTA: SUNY Oneonta, Hunt Union, Waterfront Café (snow date: February 13)
  • February 15, 2017, 6pm STONY BROOK: Stony Brook University, Wang Center (snow date: February 28)
  • February 16, 2017, 7pm NYC: FIT, Katie Murphy Ampitheatre (snow date: February 28)
  • Postponed February 28, 2017, 3pm PLATTSBURGH: Clinton Community College, Stafford Center
  • Postponed March 2, 2017, 6pm NEW PALTZ: SUNY New Paltz, CSB Auditorium


  • March 10, 2017, 1pm State Final Syracuse, Hosmer Auditorium, Everson Museum of Art (Snow Date: March 14)
  • April 24-26, 2017 National Final Washington, DC, Time and details TBD





  • 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.
  • New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York’s citizens.



  • Everson Museum of Art for hosting the state finals.
  • The State University of New York for hosting the regional competitions.
  • Con Edison for supporting POETRY OUT LOUD in New York City and Westchester County.
  • BOA Editions for providing books for the regional competitions and state final.