You’re invited to join other high schools in Pennsylvania and across the country for
Poetry Out Loud, the annual national recitation contest for students.
Poetry Out Loud
(POL) is a completely free program that encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. It is presented through the partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.
The ArtsPath POL region comprises five counties—Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, and Jefferson—and the DuBois Area School District. Your high school’s champion will participate in the ArtsPath regional finals, and the ArtsPath regional champion will
travel expense-free to Harrisburg for the state finals. The state champion will also travel expense-free to Washington, DC for the National POL Finals.
Our regional final this year will be held Monday, February 3, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in the Upper Lobby of the Performing Arts Center at IUP. The snow date is Wednesday, February 5, at the same time and location.
Register your school by completing the
Registration Form and returning it by Friday, January 5. For additional information on the ArtsPath regional or Pennsylvania state
contests, download a
teacher’s email packet.
Winner David “Dj” Gress, pictured here with Philip Horn, former executive director of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Susan Corbett, the former executive director of Pittsburgh Arts and former First Lady, was the 2012–13 ArtsPath regional
winner. From the Kiski School in Saltsburg, Gress also won at the state level and went on to represent Pennsylvania in the Washington, DC national finals.
For more information on Poetry Out Loud,
visit the comprehensive POL website, call Jeff Wacker at 724-357-4565, or email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also stay updated by following Poetry Out Loud on the following:
Individual or groups of teachers, a school club, or the entire school may participate. Teachers can
determine the extent of their participation. For example, they may...
Whatever you plan, the end result should be one winner from your school who will participate in the ArtsPath regional competition.
Each school’s winner will then participate in the regional contest scheduled for Monday, February 3, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in the Upper Lobby of the Performing Arts Center on the IUP campus. In case of inclement weather, an alternate date of Wednesday, February,
at 6:30 p.m. has been set as a snow date. Directions and a
map of the campus are available.