Poetry Out Loud // Erie Arts & Culture

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, winners of the State Competition go on to the National Finals in Washington D.C. Read more about the national competition and watch student performances at the national level at poetryoutloud.org

Erie Arts & Culture coordinates the Northwest Pennsylvania regional competition. 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.

  How can my students get involved?

  • Each year Poetry Out Loud produces a teacher guide that includes a program overview, ideas for how to incorporate the program into existing curriculum, and additional resources. You can access a PDF version of the teacher guide at poetryoutloud.org, or contact Erie Arts & Culture at (814) 45-3427 or info@erieartsandculture.org to request a hard copy be mailed to you. 

  • Schools or organizations wanting to participate in the Northwest Pennsylvnia Regional Competition, which is held annually in February, must register with Erie Arts & Culture. For registration information, please contact Erie Arts & Culture at (814) 45-3427 or info@erieartsandculture.org.


The Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Competition

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.

The 2018-2019 regional Poetry Out Loud competition is scheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 11 am at the Academy Theatre, 275 Chestnut Street, Meadville.

2018-2019 Poetry Out Loud Resources

Poetry Out Loud Introductory Letter to Educators
Poetry Out Loud Registration Form
Poetry Out Loud Calendar

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