Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, high school students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

Students across the state are competing now in school-level competitions. In February, top students from each participating school will compete at the regional level in hopes of advancing to the state finals where they’ll compete for the opportunity to represent Arizona at the National Finals in Washington, DC.

Central Region

February 9th, 2019
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Herberger Young Scholars Academy
4701 West Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ

Northern Region

February 23rd, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Native American Cultural Center
318 W. McCreary Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ

Southern Region

February 23rd, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

University of Arizona Poetry Center
1508 E Helen St.
Tucson, AZ


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