Poetry Out Loud Registration Deadline and Competition Schedule

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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… Read more »

Poetry Out Loud Registration Deadline Extended

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The school registration deadline for 2017 Poetry Out Loud has been extended! 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.

Poetry Out Loud: 2016 State Champion Hunter Hazelton

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As a senior at Betty Fairfax High School in Laveen, Hunter Hazelton claimed the title of 2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion and represented Arizona at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington D.C. It was the culmination of three year journey for the young poetry fanatic, his third year competing and his second competing at the state finals.

Poetry Out Loud: Reflections of a State Champion

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Poetry Out Loud (POL) brings the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into high school classrooms throughout Arizona. Recently, 2015 State Champion Zaskia Villa took time out of her busy schedule to reflect on the experience and offer her first-hand perspective on POL.

Register Your School for Arizona Poetry Out Loud

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Registration is now open for 2017 Arizona Poetry Out Loud. Teachers who would like to participate register themselves for the program. Once registered, each participating teacher/school site receives a toolkit, which includes a program guide to help teach recitation and performance and a DVD and companion guide for learning recitation—free of charge.

Host a Poetry Out Loud Viewing Party

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From May 3-4, 2016, 53 State and Jurisdictional champions, including Arizona’s own Hunter Hazelton, will descend on Washington, D.C. to vie for the title of Poetry Out Loud National Champion and a $20,000 award. For those unable to attend the event in person, a live, one-time only webcast is available online at www.arts.gov.

2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals on Arizona PBS

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On March 11, 2016, 10 high school students from all across the state stepped on to the stage and into the spotlight to recite poems for a live audience and Arizona PBS’s TV cameras. On Friday, April 15, at 9 pm, Arizona PBS HD will broadcast a half-hour special featuring highlights from the competition.

Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion featured on Fox10

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Fox 10 News in Phoenix featured 2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion Hunter Hazelton on its March 17, 2016, broadcast. On Friday, April 15, 2016, Arizona PBS will air a half-hour special featuring highlights from the state finals event. Click here for details.