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Poetry Out Loud

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Poetry Out Loud


When Amanda Gorman spoke at the inauguration of President Joe Biden, people around the nation were exposed to the power of poetry, and saw how much skill and creativity it takes to bring a poem’s words to life. For more than 15 years, Poetry Out Loud™ has given millions of high school students a similar platform through a national poetry recitation competition.

Poetry Out Loud—presented in partnership with California Poets in the Schools, National Endowment for the Arts, and Poetry Foundation—is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. Since the program began in 2005, more than four million students across the country have participated in Poetry Out Loud. This is a free program. 

Sonoma County High schools and organizations that wish to be part of the official Poetry Out Loud program should contact Sonoma County POL Coordinator, Jodi Hottel by December 10, 2021 to participate. CalPoets will work with interested schools and organizations to include them in the official Poetry Out Loud program. Schools and organizations that are not in the official program may conduct their own contests using the online resources. Learn more HERE.