Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 schools in every state, Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The Count Basie Theatre serves as the Region 3 host for Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties, and is one of six host sites for the New Jersey regional competition

Participating high school teachers use a toolkit to teach poetry recitation and run classroom competitions.  Students select, memorize, and recite poems from an anthology of more than 700 classic and contemporary poems.  Beginning at the classroom level, winners will advance to the school wide competition, then to the state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC.

Click here to register your high school today.

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  In New Jersey, support for the program is also provided by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation.