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.

The 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

Region 2: (South) Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties
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 2019 Poetry Out Loud Region 3 Champions:

Lily Pena, Red Bank Regional High School/Teacher: Andrew Forrest
Nathan Magno, Ocean County Vocational Technical School

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 Mayo Performing Arts Center and the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation.