To kick off National Poetry Month we’re proud to introduce you to an exceptional young person: Arizona’s 2019 Poetry Out Loud State Champion Edgardo Aguilar. A senior at Desert View High School in Tucson, Edgardo will represent Arizona at the 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, April 30 – May 1, 2019.
Thanks to Vaibu Mohan, who is interning with us this semester, and her video crew, including Josh Morrison (sound), Aniwat Pluemjit (camera), and Julia Vollaro (editing), for producing this interview!
Each year, thousands of students across the state compete in Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation competition. In February, each participating school will send their champion to one of three regional competitions to determine the nine students who will vie for the title of state champion in March.Read more
Registration for 2020 Poetry Out Loud will open on Monday, August 26, 2019. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.Read more
Students across the state are competing now in school-level Poetry Out Loud 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.Read more
Edgardo Aguilar, a senior at Desert View High School in Tucson, will represent Arizona at the 14th Annual Poetry Out Loud national finals competition in Washington, DC, April 30-May 1, 2019. Aguilar’s achievement is all the more impressive considering this is his first year participating in Poetry Out Loud.Read more
On Saturday, March 16, 2019, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will present the Arizona Poetry Out Loud state finals competition at Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix studios of Arizona PBS. 10 high school students from throughout the state will compete in the poetry recitation contest for an opportunity to represent Arizona at the 14th Annual Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C.Read more