Poetry Out Loud

Join us this Sunday, March 9 for the 2014 Poetry Out Loud State Finals at the Old South Meeting House in Boston.


Competing Students

Sabrine Accime, Meridian Academy
Emma Adler, Monument Mountain Regional High School
Michelle Beaulieu, Masconomet Regional High School
Tara Brownson, Dracut Senior High School
Lily Bunyea, Barnstable High School
Naomi Cope, Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School
Erica Curtin, Norwell High School
Lilah Drafts-Johnson, Melrose High School
Fitzgerald Eloi, Malden High School
Angel Ezeh, Salem Academy Charter School
Eli Gold, Mt. Everett Regional High School
Lauren Hart, Dartmouth High School


Erin Hebert, Holyoke High School
Danielle Hill, Rockland High School
Stephanie Igharosa, Randolph High School
Darbie Jean Baptiste, John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics & Science
Darlande Joseney, Avon Middle High School
Sam Meyers, Amherst Regional High School
Meredith Omer, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
Olivia Paulo, Tyngsborough High School
Micayla Rivin, Needham High School
Ashti Shah, Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School
Nicole Smith, Whitman-Hanson Regional High School
Courtney Stewart, Springfield Central High School

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest that encourages students in grades 9-12 to memorize and perform real poems and to explore the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken work, and theatre in their English and Drama classes. The Huntington’s Education Department helps to facilitate the Massachusetts statewide competition with the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Poetry Out Loud in Massachusetts: History and Statistics

For more information on Poetry Out Loud, visit the official website at poetryoutloud.org. For information about the Massachusetts competition, please contact Donna Glick, Director of Education, at 617 273 1548 or email poetryoutloud@huntingtontheatre.bu.edu.

"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



  • Classroom competition: each student recites a poem from the Poetry Out Loud Anthology
  • School-Wide Competition: classroom winners each recite 2 poems
  • State Semi-Finals: for school-wide winners — March 1 & 2, 2014
  • State Finals: for semi-final winners — March 9, 2014 (Old South Meeting House, Boston MA)
  • National Competition: The MA State Champion will advance to the Nationals, held in Washington, D.C. (all expenses paid!) April 29-30, 2014.
  • Prizes: cash prizes are awarded to winners and their schools at the state and national level.



  • Massachusetts State Finals: March 9, 2014
  • National Finals: April 29 & 30, 2014 in Washington, DC


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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