Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The aim is to help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
Poetry Out Loud Colorado is presented by Colorado Creative Industries in partnership with Lighthouse Writers Workshop High schools throughout the state are invited to use Poetry Out Loud’s free curriculum and participate in classroom and school-wide contests, with top students advancing to a state-wide competition in March. The state champion advances to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. Poetry Out Loud grants a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends at the National Finals, including a $20,000 prize for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.
For more information, contact your Colorado Coordinator, Rachael Deagman at [email protected].
Previous Colorado Champions
2017: Will Edelson, Fountain Valley School
2016: David Cendon Garcia, Fountain Valley School
2015: Jeana Lovett, Liberty High School
2014: Alice Kilduff, Denver School of the Arts
2013: Alice Kilduff, Denver School of the Arts
2012: Samuel Opoku, Thornton High School
2011: Samuel Opoku, Thornton High School
2010: Ben Reilly, George Washington High School
2009: Kaleena Kovach, William J. Palmer High School
2008: Brittany Harden, William J. Palmer High School
2007: Passion Lyons, Gateway High School