A national recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, 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 all while competing for scholarship prizes!

We are also pleased to announce the dates and locations for our regional and state-level finals, as well as the national finals in Washington, DC. This year, the Arizona Poetry Out Loud state finals will return to Arizona PBS and KAET studios in Downtown Phoenix!

Central Region Competition

Saturday, February 18 at 1:00pm
Mesa Arts Center – Dobson Lecture Hall
1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

Southern Region Competition

Saturday, February 18 at 1:00pm
University of Arizona Poetry Center – Dorothy Rubel Humanities Seminar Room
1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85719

Northern Region Competition

Saturday, February 25 at 2:00pm
Lowell Observatory – Giclas Lecture Hall
1400 W Mars Hill Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Arizona State Finals

Saturday, March 11 at 2:00pm
(Doors open at 1:30pm)
Arizona PBS Studios – Arizona State University
555 North Central Avenue, Suite 500
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1252

POL National Finals

April 24 – 26, 2017
Washington, DC