Poetry Out Loud Program

What is it?

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition created by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation and administered in partnership with the state arts agencies. Each participating school receives a teaching artist residency and the opportunity for the school champion to compete in the state competition. The state champion goes on to the national competition in Washington, D.C.
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Who's eligible?

All Kentucky high schools, public and private, may apply. Home-schooled students may compete through a participating local high school or a home school regional competition hosted by a local library or community center.

When is the deadline to apply?

Oct. 1, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern

How do I apply?

  1. Carefully review the program guidelines.
  2. Complete the registration form.

What are my responsibilities?

If I have questions, who can help me?

Samuel Lockridge
Arts Education Director