Poetry Out Loud, a free national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, encourages high school students across the country to learn about great works of classic and contemporary poetry through memorization and recitation. Not only do they share their interpretation and delivery of poetry; they also vie for awards and scholarships totaling $50,000.
All schools follow the same contest structure, which begins at the classroom level. Classroom winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a Regional Competition, followed by the NJPOL State Finals in March of 2016. The NJPOL State Champion wins an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Finals in May 2016!
SAVE THE DATE! The New Jersey Poetry Out Loud State Finals will take place on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ. Click here for more information.
Watch 2015 State Champion Beatrice Dimaculangan perform "The Universe As Primal Scream" by Tracy K. Smith: