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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.

Registration for your school champion:

Important dates for 2022-2023

September 1 – December 1, 2022
School Registration Window – CLOSED

October 29, 2022
10:00 – 11:30 am
FREE Virtual POL Workshop for Teachers and Coordinators
2021 Workshop Recording available here

November 1, 2022 – February 1, 2023
Classroom/Schoolwide Competition Window
Register your School Champion at

February 1, 2023
Deadline for Submitting School Winner to OKA+

March 7, 2023
Statewide Contest at the University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond)

May 8 – 10, 2023
National Contest in Washington, DC

Helpful Resources

National Poetry Out Loud Website

Watch a recording of an informational POL virtual workshop here.

Download the Poetry Out Loud App
Apple Store (iOS)
Google Play Store (Android)


Congratulations to the 2022 Oklahoma Poetry Out Loud Champion!

Ashlyn Sears

Ashlyn Sears, Bethany High School


Poetry Out Loud group photo

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.

National Endowment for the Arts?? ?? Oklahoma Arts Council