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.

    NEW THIS YEAR: The NEA has announced that the 2021 National Poetry Out Loud Finals will be held virtually as a video submission-based competition and strongly encourages contest organizers at all levels to hold virtual events in order to ensure the safety and well-being of students, parents, teachers, and everyone involved with POL. In accordance with that direction, Colorado’s 2021 Poetry Out Loud State Finals will also be a video submission-based competition and will be streamed online for free in early March. We’ll have more details on the state finals in coming weeks!

     

    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

    The NEA has announced that the 2021 National Poetry Out Loud Finals will be held virtually as a video submission-based competition and strongly encourages contest organizers at all levels to hold virtual events in order to ensure the safety and well-being of students, parents, teachers, and everyone involved with POL.

    Important Dates

    All the dates you need for the 2020-2021 Poetry Out Loud season, in one place.

    Get Involved

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

    Colorado POL Winners

    Congratulations to Colorado’s 2020 Poetry Out Loud Champion, Kiya Cockrell from Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs.