Poetry Out Loud

Click Here to register for the 2017 Massachusetts Poetry Out Loud Contest

Important Dates

School Registration Deadline:  Friday December 23, 2016

School Competition Deadline:  Friday February 3, 2017

Semi-Finalist Registration Deadline:  Friday February 10, 2017

Semi-Final Competitions:  Saturday March 4 and Sunday March 5, 2017
Locations and times TBA.

Massachusetts State Finals:  Sunday March 12, 2017 9:30am
Old South Meeting House, Boston.  (Please Note, contestants must compete at the semi-final level to be named a State Finalist.)

Poetry Out Loud National Finals: April 24-26 2017 in Washington, DC

Poetry Out Loud in Massachusetts: History and Statistics

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For more information on Poetry Out Loud, visit the official website at For information about the Massachusetts competition, please contact Donna Glick, Director of Education, at 617 273 1548 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 Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Huntington Theatre Company.

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