Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Northern Tier Partners for the Arts, 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. Through Poetry 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 at the State and National Finals in the spring. With this support, the Northern Tier Partners for the Arts. will provide resources to high schools in this region.
Northern Tier Partners for the Arts. Invites High School students in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Sullivan, Tioga, and West Wyoming counties to compete in POETRY OUT LOUD.