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Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest that celebrates the power of the spoken word and a mastery of public speaking skills while cultivating self-confidence and an appreciation of students’ literary heritage as they take poetry from the page to the stage. Poetry Out Loud has inspired hundreds of thousands of high school students to discover and appreciate both classic and contemporary poetry.

Important Date:

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


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2018 Poetry Out Loud champion Xiadi Zhai from Boston Latin School; photo: David Marshall

POL 2018 Top Three

1st Runner-Up Helen Rahman from Masconomet Regional High School, 2018 Poetry Out Loud champion, Xiadi Zhai of Boston Latin School, and 2nd Runner-Up Tori Milun from Norwell High School; photo: David Marshall

POL 2018 Top Seven

Anotidaishe Chikunya from Dana Hall School, Megan Fitzpatrick from Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, 1st Runner-Up Helen Rahman from Masconomet Regional High School, 2018 Poetry Out Loud champion, Xiadi Zhai of Boston Latin School, 2nd Runner-Up Tori Milun from Norwell High School, Joseph Zhang from Algonquin Regional High School, and Samhita Modak from Franklin High School; photo: David Marshall


POL 2018 Finalists

2018 Poetry Out Loud Massachusetts finalists; photo: David Marshall

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 poetryoutloud.org. For information about the Massachusetts competition, please contact Meg O'Brien, Interim Co-Director of Education, at 617 273 1558 or email poetryoutloud@huntingtontheatre.org.

"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.

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