Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud is a free poetry recitation contest for high-school students (grades 9-12) in both public and private schools. Poetry Out Loud 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 history and contemporary life.
Congratulations to the 2022 Oklahoma Poetry Out Loud Champion!
Ashlyn Sears, Bethany High School
2022-2023 Contest Information
Watch a recording of an informational POL virtual workshop here.
September 1 – December 1, 2022
School Registration Window
October 29, 2022
FREE Virtual POL Workshop for Teachers and Coordinators
Registration Opens in September 2022
2021 Workshop Recording available here
November 1, 2022 – February 1, 2023
Classroom/Schoolwide Competition Window
February 1, 2023
Deadline for Submitting School Winner to OKA+
March 7, 2023
Statewide Contest at the University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond)
National Contest in Washington, DC
Congratulations to the 2022 School Champions
2021-2022 Participating Schools
Bethany High School, Classen School of Advance Studies, Coweta High School, Dewey High School, Guthrie High School, Harding Fine Arts High School, Lawton High School, Madill High School, Putnam City North High School, Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry,?? Taloga High School, Union High School, and Walters High School
This project is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts.