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.

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

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


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