2021 Poetry Out Loud National Finals to be held virtually
In order to ensure the safety and health of participating students and staff, the 2021 POL National Finals will be held virtually in lieu of holding them on-site in Washington D.C. as previously planned. Read More
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In Memory of Joe Brainard
the remnant of a vast, oceanic
bruise (wound delivered early and long ago)
was in you purity and
sweetness self-gathered, CHOSEN
When I tried to find words for the moral sense that unifies
and sweetens the country voices in your collage The Friendly…
What’s It Like To Compete?
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“From participating in Poetry Out Loud, I learned that poetry is surprisingly engaging and relatable. No matter who you are, where you come from, or what your story is, there is some poem out there you can connect with. Poets have the gift of putting emotions and human experiences into words. Before I began this process, poetry seemed foreign and inaccessible, but now it is an art with which I can connect and appreciate more fully.”MARY KATE GODFREY2019 KY POL
For Teachers and Organizers
The Power of Poetry
Every year thousands of teachers integrate Poetry Out Loud into their curricula. This section has everything you need to run a successful program in your classroom.