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Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud

Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and BCRAC, Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

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. Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. ThroughPoetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

Starting in the fall and continuing through the spring of each school year, schools in every region of Pennsylvania are invited to participate in classroom, school-wide and regional contests, advancing to a state competition typically held in March in Harrisburg. State champions advance to the national Finals, held in April in Washington, DC. The NEA, the Poetry Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts have partnered to provide materials, grants, prizes and the State and National Finals in the spring. With this support, Bradford County Regional Arts Council will provide resources to high schools in this region.

Bradford County Regional Arts Council implements one of the regional competitions and sends one winner to the State Finals each year;
regional competition is held in February.

The Bradford County Regional Arts Council Invites High School students in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Sullivan, Tioga, and West Wyoming counties to compete in POETRY OUT LOUD: National Recitation Contest.

Pennsylvania Council of the Arts

The NTPAIE Regional Poetry Out Loud 2018 Competition was held at the Keystone Theatre, Towanda, PA.
Six students competed:
Anna Vaughn Stewart: 12th Grade: Williamsport Area High School
Aria Meixel: 12th Grade: Jersey Shore Area Senior High School
Josiah Smith: 12th Grade: Bloomsburg Christian School
Magdalena Poost: 12th Grade: Wyalusing Valley Jr./Sr. High School
Sorren Greene: 11th Grade: Greene Star Academy/CHEF Co-op
Whitney Madill: 12th Grade: Towanda Area Jr./Sr. High School

Congratulations to Winner Magdalena Poost and First Runner Up Josiah Smith

Get Involved

High school teachers who are interested in participating in Poetry Out Loud should know that the program requires less than two or three weeks of class time. High schools that wish to be part of the official Poetry Out Loud program should complete the Invite and Participation Form (below) and

Submit to

Renae Chamberlain
Bradford County Regional Arts Council
601 Main Street
Towanda, PA 18848

a POL packet will be mailed to you upon receipt.

POL packets include, free, standards-based curriculum materials for your use. These materials include a DVD program guide to help instructors teach recitation and performance, and two posters. Program materials available for download and additional resources are available at

Poetry Out Loud Forms