Poetry Out Loud // Erie Arts & Culture

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  Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national recitation contest for high school students sponsored by the National Endowment for the     Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

  Poetry Out Loud starts with a competition at the classroom level. One winner from every participating school district or            community group advances to their regional contest, that winner proceeds to the Pennsylvania State Competition in    Harrisburg, and with practice and luck, to the National Finals in Washington D.C.

 Erie Arts & Culture is the POL host for the Northwest Pennsylvania region. High schools and community organizations from Erie, Crawford, Warren, Mercer, Venango and Lawrence counties are invited to participate in this free event. The contest also offers prizes and the opportunity for travel and networking with peers from near and far. Read more about the national competition and watch student performances at the national level at Poetry Out Loud.

Poet Christopher Fry wrote, “Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.” Each year, students from across the country learn to amaze themselves and their teachers through the spoken word of poetry. Poetry Out Loud recognizes students’ achievements in verbal expression and encourages their growth as they celebrate language.


 How Can My Students Get Involved?

  • Submit a registration form by November 30th, 2017, once you register, you'll receive an email verifying your participation as well as a free POL resource guide.

  • Mark your calendar with dates from the project timeline, and plan to join us at the regional competition in Erie County.

Are you new to Poetry Out Loud and want to learn more about the program for your students? Click Here


Join us at Regionals

Celebrate the accomplishments of students from across Northwest Pennsylvania as they perform their recitations of famous works of poetry by joining us at the regional competition in Erie County! The event is free and open to the public. This year's regional Poetry Out Loud competition has not yet been scheduled; check back in a few months for the date and location!

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Poetry Out Loud Resources

Contact Erie Arts & Culture for more information about Poetry Out Loud.


The mission of Erie Arts & Culture is to strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie Region and enrich the lives of our people through the advancement of arts and culture.
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