Registration for 2020 Poetry Out Loud will open on Monday, August 26, 2019.

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.

Teachers who would like to participate register themselves for the program. Once registered, each participating teacher/school receives free multimedia curriculum materials – a poetry anthology, audio guide, teachers’ guide, posters and comprehensive website ( 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 registration form will be posted to our Poetry Out Loud page the morning of Monday, August 26, 2019.

Image: Courtney Hale, a 2015 Arizona Poetry Out Loud Northern Region Finalist representing Saint Michael Indian School in St. Michaels. Photo by Alonso Parra