Poetry Out Loud

Click Here to Register Your School for Poetry Out Loud

Important Dates

School Registration Deadline:  Friday December 22, 2017

School Competition Deadline:  Friday February 9, 2018

Semi-Finalist Registration Deadline:  Friday February 16, 2018

Semi-Final Competitions:  Saturday March 3 and Sunday March 4, 2018

Massachusetts State Finals:  Sunday March 11, 2018

Poetry Out Loud National Finals: April 23-25 2018 in Washington, DC

Poetry Out Loud in Massachusetts: History and Statistics

Why participate in Massachusetts Poetry Out Loud? 

Get Involved in Poetry Out Loud

For more information on Poetry Out Loud, visit the official website at For information about the Massachusetts competition, please contact Meg O'Brien, Interim Co-Director of Education, at 617 273 1558 or email

"POETRY OUT LOUD helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.  By encouraging your students to study, memorize, and perform some of the most influential and timeless poems of the English language, you immerse them in powerful expression and provocative ideas.  Although many students may initially be nervous about reciting in front of their peers, the experience will prove invaluable — not only in school, but also in life.  Much of the future success of students will depend on how well they present themselves in public.  Public speaking is a skill people use every day on both the workplace and the community."National Endowment for the Arts & The Poetry Foundation


Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, in partnership with the Mass Cultural Council and the Huntington Theatre Company.

Mass Cultural Council NEA Logo Poetry Foundation Logo

Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre: 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115
South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA: 527 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116
Main: 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02115 | 617 266 7900 | BOX OFFICE 617 266 0800

© 2017 Huntington Theatre Company. All rights reserved | Trouble viewing this site? Please download Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.