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Welcome to the 2023 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 is supported with coaching opportunities from experienced coaches and with free classroom materials – a poetry anthology, teachers’ guide, printed 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.

Special consideration for the 2023 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 May 8-10th in Washington, DC. More information will be announced sooner to the competition.
  •  Additionally, our 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, Leela Denver, will be mailed 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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