Poetry Out Loud

    Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national arts education program created by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation and presented by Colorado Creative Industries and Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Poetry Out Loud encourages young performers to bring the words of great poets to life through memorization, recitation, and competitive performance. Since 2005, more than 4 million students and 65,000 teachers from 16,000 schools nationwide have participated in Poetry Out Loud. That’s more than 4 million students who have learned at least one poem by heart! In Colorado, approximately 38,500 students have participated in the program, learning the power of poetry first hand.

    Check out this video to hear from past Poetry Out Loud State Finalists about their experiences with the program. For more information about POL in Colorado, please contact the POL State Coordinator at [email protected]

     

    About

    Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a free, national program offered by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation in partnership with Colorado Creative Industries and Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and is open to all Colorado high school students, grades 9-12. Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Students who participate in POL develop and improve their public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and discover a love of poetry and the written word.

    2020-2021 Colorado POL

    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 Poetry Out Loud competition was conducted via video-based submissions, and the state, regional, and national finals were virtual. 

    Important Dates

    Stay tuned for all of the important info and deadlines you need for the 2021-2022 Poetry Out Loud season. 

    Get Involved

    Whether you're a student, parent, teacher, librarian, poet, performer, or volunteer, there are many ways to get involved with Poetry Out Loud.

    Colorado POL Winners

    Congratulations to Colorado’s 2021 Poetry Out Loud Champion, Aidyn Reid from Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs.