Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud (POL) 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. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. POL is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies.

Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 4 million students and 65,000 teachers from 16,000 schools in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

Region 2: (South) Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem countiesThe program structure is supported by a network of five regional partners, organizing NJ’s 21 counties by geographic region, each established in response to a growing participation base. The Count Basie Center for the Arts serves as the Region 3 host for Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties

Region 1: (South/Central) Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties
Partner: Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts (RCCA), Camden

Partner: Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, Elmer

Region 3: (Central) Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties
Partner: Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank

Region 4: (Northwest) Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset,
Sussex and Warren counties
Partner: Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

Region 5: (Northeast) Essex, Hudson, and Union counties
Partner: South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange

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.

Congratulations to the 2021 Poetry Out Loud Region 3 Champions:
Emily Baylock, Holmdel High School | Teacher: Jessica Zezza
Maggie Crowe, Trinity Hall | Teacher: Mariana Sierra

The New Jersey Poetry Out Loud state finals will premiere on YouTube next Tuesday, March 16th at 4pm. Anyone interested in watching the finals can do so at either NJPOL homepage or YouTube channel.

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 State Arts agencies of the United States.  New Jersey Poetry Out Loud is a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, presented in collaboration with Mayo Performing Arts Center,  ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, and a growing list of local partners.