2020 Arizona Poetry Out Loud: Register Today!

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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.

2020 Poetry Out Loud: Registration Opens August 26, 2019

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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.

Edgardo Aguilar: 2019 AZ Poetry Out Loud State Champion

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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.

Edgardo Aguilar is Arizona’s Poetry Out Loud State Champion

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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.

2019 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals

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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. 

2019 Arizona Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals

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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.

Poetry Out Loud Lesson Plans

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2019 Poetry Out Loud is now in full swing in language arts classrooms across the country. To help teachers incorporate the program into their curriculum, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have created a number of optional writing activities and lesson plans for teachers.

AZ Poetry Out Loud State Champion Competes at Nationals

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On April 23-25, 2018 Sophie Weinzinger, a junior at Coconino High School in Flagstaff, represented Arizona at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC. Competing against State Champions from all 50 states and US territories, Weinzinger was one of only nine students to advance to the final round of competition!

Coconino High School’s Sophie Weinzinger is Arizona’s Poetry Out Loud State Champion

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The Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals were held at the studios of Arizona PBS in Downtown Phoenix on Saturday, March 3. After three rounds of recitations, Sophie Weinzinger, a junior at Coconino High School, was named State Champion while Antonio Juarez, a senior at Willow Canyon High School in Surprise, was named first runner-up.