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.

This year, The University of Arizona Poetry Center will oversee Poetry Out Loud in Arizona, taking over statewide administration duties from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Visit UA Poetry Center’s Poetry Out Loud page for more info!


Arizona's State Champion Places Third in National Poetry Recitation Competition

On June 5, 2022, Arizona's 2022 Poetry Out Loud State Champion, Oscar Landa Samano, placed third in the final round of the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. 

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Hot off the presses! The members of our 2021-22 Youth Arts Council created a yearbook documenting their year of work and learning. You can read a virtual copy at azarts.gov/azyac/We are currently accepting applications for our 2022-23 Youth Arts Council. Creative Arizonans ages 14-19 are invited to apply! Visit azarts.gov/azyac/ to apply. ... See MoreSee Less
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