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Welcome to the 2022 Poetry Out Loud Registration Portal! 

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 and the immense popularity of rap music among youth. 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.

Teachers who would like to participate register themselves for the program. Once registered, each participating teacher/school receives free multimedia curriculum materials – a poetry anthology, audio guide, teachers’ guide, posters and comprehensive website (www.poetryoutloud.org) all aligned to national standards – augmenting their regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and a classroom-level competition. School-level recitation champions compete to advance to the regional, state and then national levels.

Special consideration for the 2022 season:

  • Regional and state events will be held as virtual offerings, hosted online with students participating from their home or classroom. 
  •  National Finals are planned to be held April 25-27th in Washington, DC. More information will be announced sooner to the competition.
  •  Additionally, our amazing regional partners will offer coaching online for small groups and individual students and work closely with teachers to help them navigate this new approach to the competition.

To complete your registration, please fill out the form below. If you have any questions, please contact Arizona's Poetry Out Loud State Coordinator, Gema Ornelas at gornelas@email.arizona.edu. 

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