Poetry Out LoudMicheala Russel and Kayla Vincent, Union High School
Don Mears, Photographer

Competition Structure

The Poetry Out Loud website contains vast resources for students to research and prepare for poetry recitation.  The Poetry Out Loud anthology contains more than 600 classic and contemporary poems, where students can begin the research and recitation process. The anthology is updated annually and it is common for popular poems to be retired.  Please note that you are reviewing poems that are updated for the 2016-2017.   In addition there are audio files and videos for review to aid in the interpretation and performance elements important to effective recitation.  A recitation checklist is provided for your quick reference, here (PDF).

Virginia Poetry Out Loud Toolkit

Social Media Tools
Connect with other Poetry Out Loud contestants using the hashtag #VAPOL on Twitter, or tweet the Commission @VirginiaArts to share pictures, ideas or favorite poems.

You can also follow the Virginia Poetry Out Loud Facebook Page for updates from Regional Competitions, behind the scene photos and stories from other contestants,  here:https://www.facebook.com/PoetryOutLoudVA

For any questions related to participation in the official Poetry Out Loud Program contact:

Casey Polczynski
Arts in Education Coordinator
Virginia Commission for the Arts
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