Welcome to Poetry Out Loud!
The words of great poets literally come to life in Poetry Out Loud, a literary arts program created by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. The Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) supports students across the Commonwealth enriched by this arts education program that encourages memorization, performance and public speaking skills. Since 2005, nearly 4.7 million students have participated in the program and committed at least one poem to memory. In Virginia, approximately 101,000 students have participated since the program’s inception.
Registration is now open for the 2022-2023 school year.
RESOURCESPoetry Out Loud “How To” Video Guides
The Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, created a two part Poetry Out Loud “How To” Guide for poetry memorization. This is resource for students, teachers and organizations who are interested in participating in the Poetry Out Loud program:
- The “How To” Guide Part 1 provides scaffolding techniques to demystify the memorization process with accessible hands-on activities to empower the voices of youth.
The “How To” Guide Part 2 provides insight in the memorization, selection, and performance of two poems from the Poetry Out Loud anthology.
- Part 1—Recording the Image (5:11)
- Part 2—Recording Audio (2:42)
- Part 3—Uploading Recitations to Dropbox (2:25)
Visit the VCA’s YouTube Channel to access videos.General Resources
- Organizations 2022-2023
- Virginia Poetry Out Loud Program Overview 2022-2023
- POL Mobile App—Apple
- POL Mobil App--Android
- Video Tip Sheet (for virtual competitions)
- Integrity Statement for Student Competitors 2022-2023
- POL Teacher’s Guide 2021-2022
- Master POL Anthology 2021-2022
- Findings from a National POL Study
- POL Judge’s Guide
- POL Competition Tally Sheet
- Digital Evaluation for Performance Judges
- Digital Evaluation for Accuracy Judge
- Digital Score Sheet Instructions
Poetry Out Loud Competition Calendar
Prior Poetry Out Loud recordings can be accessed on the Virginia Commission for the Arts YouTube Channel.
|Registration for 2022-2023 Open||Monday, May 23, 2022||Link|
|Registration Deadline||Friday, November 11, 2022||Link|
|Final Report Submission w/Student Competitor Information and Poems||Friday, December 9, 2022||Link|
|Virtual Video Recitations||Monday, January 9, 2023||Links provided to participating students|
|Virtual Semifinal Competition||Saturday, February 4, 2023||11:00 am - 1:00 pm|
|Virtual Semifinal Competition||Saturday, February 4, 2023||2:00 pm - 4:00 pm|
|Virtual Semifinal Competition||Saturday, February 11, 2023||11:00 am - 1:00 pm|
|Virtual Semifinal Competition||Saturday, February 11, 2023||2:00 pm - 4:00 pm|
|Poetry Out Loud State Finals||Friday, March 10, 2023||VPM Studios
23 Sesame Street
Richmond, VA 23235
|Poetry Out Loud National Finals||May 8-10, 2023||Washington, DC|
POETRY OUT LOUD STATE FINALS 2022
Steven Davis, Photo Credit
Katharina Ravichandran, a senior at Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, successfully earned the title of Virginia’s Poetry Out Loud champion. The in-person competition took place on Friday, March 11, 2022 at VPM, Virginia’s home for Public Media where twelve students from across the Commonwealth competed. Isaiah Riddle, a senior at Grace Christian, Staunton was the first runner-up with Baily Moncure, a junior at Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Petersburg as the third runner-up.
Watch the recorded broadcast of the Poetry Out Loud 2022 state competition here.
Each winner at the state level receives a $200 and an all-expenses paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up receives $100 with $200 for his/her school library.
For program related questions contact
Casey Polczynski, PhD
Deputy Director & Accessibility Coordinator
Virginia Commission for the Arts