POL Key Dates


  • January 13, 2018   Deadline for names, poem selections, and contact information of students competing at regionals, as well as location of regional competition the students will attend. Each school can register their winner and runner-up for regional competition. (Registration forms: Student #1 and Student #2)



  • February 8, 2018, 6pm    FIT (Manhattan, NY)
  • February 8, 2018, 6pm    SUNY New Paltz (New Paltz, NY) Snow date: February 15
  • February 8, 2018, 6pm    Onondaga Community College (Syracuse, NY) Snow date: February 13
  • February 9, 2018, 6pm    Nassau Community College (Garden City, NY)
  • February 9, 2018, 6pm    SUNY Global Center (Manhattan, NY) Snow date: February 12
  • February 12, 2018, 6:30pm  Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY) Snow date: February 26
  • New Date: February 14, 2018, 6pm    Hudson Valley Community College (Troy, NY)
  • New Date: February 15, 2018, 6pm    SUNY Oneonta (Oneonta, NY)
  • New Date: February 28, 2018, 6pm    College at Brockport (Brockport, NY)
  • New Date: February 28, 2018, 6pm    Purchase College (Purchase, NY)


  • March 9, 2018 NY State finals,  Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

  • April 2, 2018 Deadline to reserve a room in the SAA room block at the Renaissance DC Dupont Circle Hotel
  • April 4, 2018 Deadline for guests to register for banquet and any other ticketed event
  • April 13, 2018 Deadline for guests to register to receive a name tag at National Finals
  • April 23-25, 2018 Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC




  • 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.