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Welcome to the 2024 Poetry Out Loud Registration Portal!

  Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national arts education program and recitation contest. It 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. POL invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the classroom. Through POL, 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 – one registration per school or organization. Once registered, each participating teacher/school is supported with coaching opportunities from experienced coaches and with free classroom materials – a poetry anthology, teachers’ guide, lesson plans, poetry books and access to a 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 (students must compete at each level of competition to advance to the next stage of the contest).

   Special considerations for the 2024 season:

  • Regional and state events are planned to be held as in-person offerings. More information will be announced following the registration period. 
  •  National Finals are planned to be held April 30-May 2, 2024 in Washington, DC. More information will be announced sooner to the competition.
  •  Arizona's amazing regional partners will offer coaching online or in-person for small groups and individual students and work closely with teachers to help them navigate this new approach to the competition.
  • A box of books, with titles curated by the Poetry Center's Senior Library Specialist, will be mailed in March 2024 to teachers/schools who actively participate in Arizona's Poetry Out Loud program. 

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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