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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.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the 2021-2022 Teacher’s Guide once they are available, click here.


2020-2021 Online Teacher’s Guide
2021-2022 Online Teacher’s Guide (Coming Fall 2021)

2021-2022 Poetry Out Loud Timeline

TBD 2021   School Registration Window
TBD 2021-22   Classroom/Schoolwide CompetitionWindow
Nov 13, 2021   FREE POL Workshop for Teachers and Coordinators
TBD 2022   Deadline for Submitting School Winner to OKA+
March 8, 2022   Statewide Contest (UCO, Edmond)
Spring 2022   National Contest (Washington, DC)

National Poetry Out Loud Website

Choose your poems from the POL anthology.

2020-2021 Participating Schools: Bethany High School, Edmond Santa Fe High School, Epic Charter School, Guthrie High School, Lawton High School, MacArthur High School (Lawton), Madill High School, Mount St. Mary Catholic School (OKC), Skiatook High School, Southeast High School (OKC), Walters High School

Celebrating the Oklahoma 2021 Poetry Out Loud Champion - Stephanie Thanscheidt, Bethany 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