Registration is now open for 2022-23 Arizona Poetry Out Loud! Arizona high schools can register to participate through October 31.


Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program for high-school students and teachers that seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry – recitation and performance. The National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation partner with state arts agencies to bring the Poetry Out Loud program and dynamic recitation contest to all 50 states and the US territories.

In Arizona, the Arizona Commission on the Arts has contracted University of Arizona Poetry Center to administer the program statewide.

Teachers who would like to participate register themselves for the program. Once registered, each participating teacher/school receives access to free multimedia curriculum materials – a poetry anthology, teachers’ guide, poetry books 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.

For more information, visit the Poetry Out Loud page on University of Arizona Poetry Center’s website.