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, New Jersey Poetry Out Loud saw record participation with 160 high schools and over 25,000 students all reciting poetry by heart. All schools follow the same contest structure, which begins at the classroom level, with a minimum of two students. Classroom winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a Regional Competition, followed by the NJPOL State Finals in March of 2018. The NJPOL State Champion wins an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Finals the spring of 2018!
State Finals are coming up in March!
If your school champion has advanced to become a regional champion, click here to register the student for the State Finals.
POL in Action:
2017 State Champion Amos Koffa performs Let the Light Enter by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper:
2017 State Runner-up Breana Sena performs I Sit
and Sew by Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson:
All New Jersey public, charter, private, parochial schools, and home school associations are invited to participate. Participating students should be in grades 9-12 or the age/grade equivalent.