Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud in Iowa is an arts education program that encourages 9th-12th grade students to study great poetry and compete in a recitation competition at local, state and national levels. Students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.
About the Program
High school teachers implement curriculum using free, standards-based materials. Classroom studies culminate with a contest in which each student selects and recites poems from the Poetry Out Loud anthology. Classroom winners advance to school-wide competitions and school champions advance to regional and state competitions. State champions advance to the National Finals in Washington D.C. where a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends are awarded as prizes.
Iowa’s state champion receives $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship. The Iowa champion’s school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books and the first runner-up receives $100 plus $200 for their school.
How to Participate
New this year: Poetry Out Loud in Iowa will be moving to a virtual format. With this change we will also be adding a virtual statewide semi-final competition, providing multiple avenues for students to participate at the local level. Teachers are encouraged to participate in POL through integrating the program into their class curriculum and hosting school competitions. As an added incentive we will be offering teachers a $100 stipend to participate in the POL program. View the Poetry Out Loud Participation Guide to learn more.
Past State Champions
View past state champions of the Iowa Poetry Out Loud program.