The Bradford County Regional Arts Council invites you to participate in:


High School students in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga counties are eligible to compete in this national poetry recitation contest.


What is Poetry Out Loud (POL)?

Presented by The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Bradford County Regional Arts Council, Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. 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 contest, advancing to a state competition typically held in March.  State champions advance to the national Finals, held in April in Washington, DC. Bradford County Regional Arts Council implements one of the regional competitions and sends one winner to the State Finals each year. This year’s regional competition date an location will be announced soon!


How to 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. Studying literature, including poetry, addresses at least three Anchor Assessments per the PA Common Core ELA Standards: Speaking and Listening (SL. 9-10, SL 11-12), Reading (RL. 9-10, RL 11-12), and Language (L. 9-10, L 11-12).  High schools that wish to be part of the official Poetry Out Loud program should complete the “Intent to Participate” form and submit to the Bradford County Regional Arts Council.


POL packets include free, standards-based curriculum materials for your use.  These materials include the Teacher’s Guide booklet and two posters. Each superintendent received a hard copy version mid-September, and a digital version is available at POL’s website (below). The print anthology of poems is no longer available in hard-copy form, but a current list of eligible poems can also be found online at POL’s website. Program materials are also available for download on the website,, which offers additional resources.


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 this spring. With this support, Bradford County Regional Arts Council will provide service to high schools in this region.


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.


For more information, contact AIE Director Renae Chamberlain at, or at 570-268-2787.


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