Poetry Out Loud

  • The thirteen finalists at the 2016 Poetry Out Loud State Finals
    The thirteen finalists at the 2016 Poetry Out Loud State Finals
  • State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and ArtsWA's Karen Hanan with top five
    State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and ArtsWA's Karen Hanan with top five

2016 State Poetry Out Loud Champion, Jake Andrews, a senior at Ellensburg High School

2016 Runner-up Mehak Mann, a sophomore at the International Community School, King County

ArtsWA joins other state arts agencies in partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to support Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation competition that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. 

By participating in the program, students master public speaking skills and build self confidence, while also learning how to connect with and analyze literature in new ways. Each state hosts an annual competition, culminating in a national competition among the state winners.

Over 20,000 students across Washington State participate in Poetry Out Loud annually. Any school in Washington State serving students in grades 9-12 is eligible to participate in the Poetry Out Loud program. School registration opens in mid-August and closes in mid-November. 

See Program Information for more details and registration information.

Poetry Out Loud sponsorship and contact information

Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation. For more information about this program please send our Poetry Out Loud coordinator an email.


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