Poetry Out Loud

Register your school for Poetry Out Loud 2016

Important Dates

School Registration Deadline:  Friday December 18, 2015

School Competition Deadline:  Friday February 5, 2016

Semi-Finalist Registration Deadline:  Friday February 12, 2016

Semi-Final Competitions:  Saturday March 5 and Sunday March 6, 2016.  Locations and times TBA.

Massachusetts State Finals:  Sunday March 13, 2016 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: May 2-4 2016 in Washington, DC

Why participate in MA POL? 

Get Involved in Poetry Out Loud

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


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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