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Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud

Triad Stage is proud to serve as the host of the Poetry Out Loud state competition for the state of North Carolina. Poetry Out Loud is a national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Student have the opportunity to compete at classroom, school, district, state, and national levels for cash prizes and money for their schools to purchase poetry books for school use.

For more information about Poetry Out Loud, you can visit the national website.


Registration for the 2017-2018 North Carolina state competition is now live! You can access this registration form HERE.

Once you register your school to participate in the program, you will receive a Teacher Toolkit, which contains important information including participation deadlines, lesson plans, and much more! You can also access the Teacher Toolkit online.

State Deadlines for Teachers

Friday, September 1st, 2017: Poetry Out Loud anthology available for 2017-2018 Cycle

Friday, December 1st, 2017: DEADLINE for school registration**
**Poetry Out Loud toolkits will be mailed to teachers upon completion of registration.

Friday, January 26th, 2018: DEADLINE for submitting district winner to NC POL Coordinator (District winners will compete in the state Poetry Out Loud semifinals and finals)



Ways Poetry Out Loud aligns with NCTE Standards

Sample Poetry Out Loud Lesson Plans

2017-2018 Poetry Out Loud Anthology

2017-2018 Teacher Timeline

2017-2018 Teacher Timeline (detailed)

2017-2018 NC Poetry Out Loud FAQ

This Poetry Out Loud promotional video shares the voices of students and teachers who talk about the value and impact of the program.

The PR Toolkit offers resources you can use to recruit students and teachers in your area to participate!

If you have any questions about the Poetry Out Loud competition, please email

Art Works

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.

Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It has embarked on an ambitious plan to bring the best poetry before the largest possible audiences.