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.
Last year, after ten years, New Jersey Poetry Out Loud saw record participation with 160 high schools and over 38,000 students all reciting poetry by heart. Our 2015 NJPOL State Champion Beatrice Dimaculangan (pictured here) was a semi-finalist in the POL National Finals, held in Washington D.C. this past April.
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!
Picture your students participating in this rich educational experience with other students from across the nation.
Registration is now closed for the 2015-16 school year!
Watch 2015 State Champion Beatrice Dimaculangan perform "The Universe As Primal Scream" by Tracy K. Smith: