Update: The 2019 Arizona Poetry Out Loud school registration period is now closed. For information on late registration, please contact Arizona Poetry Out Loud Coordinator Anastasia Freyermuth.

Registration is now open for 2019 Arizona Poetry Out Loud. Teachers who would like to participate register themselves for the program. Once registered, each participating teacher/school site receives a toolkit, which includes a program guide to help teach recitation and performance and a DVD and companion guide for learning recitation—free of charge.To register your school, complete the form below. Visit our Poetry Out Loud page to learn more.

Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry – recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of rap music among youth. Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

Participating teachers receive free multimedia curriculum materials – a poetry anthology, audio guide, teachers’ guide, posters and comprehensive website (www.poetryoutloud.org) all aligned to national standards – augmenting their regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and a classroom-level competition. School-level recitation champions compete to advance to the regional, state and then national levels.

2019 POL Registration

  • If school is not part of a district, enter "NA"
  • County borders are used to divide the state into three competition regions.
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  • Can be tentative; all school competitions must take place by February 2, 2019.
  • Coaching

    As a participating school, our regional partners will work with you to arrange professional coaching opportunities for your student(s) as they prepare for their school and regional competitions. Coaching sessions are offered free of charge, but are subject to such factors as the availability of coaches. If you are interested in your student(s) having access to such coaching opportunities, complete the form below. The regional partner covering your school will review and contact you to discuss available options in your area and other considerations. If you are not interesting in coaching opportunities, you may continue to the submit button below.
  • Select all options that you might be interested in. To select more than one, hold down CTRL (⌘, if using a Mac) and click on the options you want.
  • List below days and/or times of day of the week that would work best for you and your student(s). The regional partner for your school will review and work with you to identify a mutually agreeable date.
    Please note: coaching sessions requested after October 31 are subject to the coordinator’s discretion.

Image: Zaskia Villa, 2015 Arizona Poetry Out Loud state champion. Photo by Alonso Parra


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