Welcome to 2021 Virginia 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 99,000 students have participated since the program’s inception.
Registration is currently closed for 2020-2021.
Registration for 2021-2022 will open in June 2021.
RESOURCESPoetry Out Loud “How To” 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.
- Registration Directions for New Schools/Organizations
- Virginia Poetry Out Loud Program Overview 2021
- POL Mobile App—Apple
- POL Mobil App--Android
- Video Tip Sheet (for virtual competitions)
- Integrity Statement for Student Competitors
- POL Teacher’s Guide 2020-2021
- Master POL Anthology 2020-2021
- Findings from a National POL Study
- POL Poem Permissions 2020-2021
- 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 RecordingsRegional and state competitions for Poetry Out Loud have all take place. To view the recordings of these competitions click on the link in the calendar.
|Regional Competition—Region 4a||3.13.2021||Competition Recording|
|Regional Competition—Region 5||3.13.2021||Competition Recording|
|Regional Competition—Region 6 & 3||3.20.2021||Competition Recording|
|Regional Competition—Region 4B||3.20.2021||Competition Recording|
|State Finals||3.12.2021||VPM, Virginia’s home for Public Media
|BROADCAST scheduled Sunday April 11th 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM and Thursday, April 15th @ 8:00 PM.|
|National POL Semifinals||5.02.2021||Virtual Competition||Video Submission|
|National POL Finals||5.27.2021||Virtual Competition||Video Submission|
POETRY OUT LOUD VIRGINIA FINALS 2021
Azhane Pollard, a senior at Hopewelll High School in Hopewell, successfully earned the title as state champion for Virginia’s Poetry Out Loud competition. A modified in person competition was held on Friday, March 12, 2021 at VPM, Virginia’s home for Public Media where nine students from across Virginia competed. Ryan Poquis, from Mills E. Godwin High School in Henrico was runner-up. Chaunti Hatchett from Charles J. Colgan Sr. High School in Manassas was the first runner-up.
Watch the recording of the event. Link provided shortly.
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
Arts in Education Coordinator
Virginia Commission for the Arts