About Poetry Out Loud

National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation present Poetry Out LoudPoetry Out Loud (POL) encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary heritage and contemporary life. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.  

Teachers, librarians, or administrators register their high schools each year with the Ohio Arts Council and organize contests with one class, several classes, or a whole school. Contests, workshops, and multi-media program materials, including curricula, are free. Poetry Out Loud is aligned with Common Core and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards.

MEET AUSTIN SMITH, 2020 OHIO POETRY OUT LOUD STATE CHAMPION

2020 Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Champion Austin Smith at the State Finals competition

Ohio named Austin Smith, a senior at Bexley High School, its 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Champion on March 6, 2020, following the Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Finals. Austin recited "Wide Receiver" by Mark Halliday, "Worth" by Marilyn Nelson, and "The Sun Rising" by John Donne. Hear what Austin had to say about his Poetry Out Loud experience in this interview.

WATCH: BROAD & HIGH'S COVERAGE OF THE 2020 OHIO POETRY OUT LOUD STATE FINALS
 

Video by WOSU Public Media

UPDATE FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS ON THE 2020 POETRY OUT LOUD NATIONAL FINALS:

From arts.gov:
 
Federal guidelines to slow the spread of the coronavirus-19 require avoiding social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people, and avoiding discretionary travel for the foreseeable future. Out of care for the health and safety of students, parents, and everyone involved in Poetry Out Loud, the National Finals Competition scheduled for April 27-29 in Washington, D.C., is cancelled.
 
The National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation understand that many people have committed long hours preparing for the POL Finals competition, and we share in your disappointment. In the weeks to come, we will explore ways to honor the achievements of the 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Champions.
 
For more infromation regarding the coronavirus-19, please visit coronavirus.gov.
 
Should you have specific questions or concerns, please email poetryoutloud@arts.gov.

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Contest Structure

Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. A winner from each participating school is invited to compete in a regional semifinal contest. The top scoring students from each semifinal advance to the State Finals competition. First, second, and third place winners at the State Finals receive cash prizes and money for their school libraries. Both semifinals and state finals are free and open to the public. 

The winner of the State Finals becomes Ohio’s new Poetry Out Loud state champion and is invited on an all-expenses-paid trip to compete for the title of Poetry Out Loud national champion in the National Finals in Washington, D.C. The national championship prize is $20,000.

Click here for more information about Ohio's Poetry Out Loud contests.

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CHIQUITA MULLINS LEE | Arts Learning Coordinator | 614-728-4455

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