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.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s POL competition to determine a national champion will be 100 percent virtual and accomplished through state champion video submissions. All contests occurring prior to the national
competition—classroom, school, regional, and state—have various options available to them, to include:
For more information on holding your virtual competition—to include filming requirements, tips, reminders, and accessibility—download the POL Virtual Competitions and Filming Requirements, or get them from the POL website.
Additional and extremely important parts of a virtual competition, and when streaming anything virtually—whether public or private—are permissions and copyright. Be sure to first read the POL Poem Streaming Permissions Guide on securing permissions, and second, look on the POL Streaming-Copyright Permissions List (Excel spreadsheet) to find the status of your selected poems. If you need to request permissions from the copyright holder, page 2 of the Permissions Guide has an email template you can use.
Because Pennsylvania’s state competition will be held virtually through Video Submission, the ArtsPath regional competition will also be held as a virtual Video Submission competition. Your high school’s champion will
simply submit their three poem recitations as three separate files to ArtsPath for critique by the judging panel. The ArtsPath regional winner will submit their recitations to the state for the state competition.
Register your school by completing the
Registration Form and returning it by Friday, January 15. 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 participate in the ArtsPath regional competition by:
The ArtsPath regional winner will compete with 13 other regional champions in the state competition virtually by video submission on March 8, 2021.
The state winner will receive $200 and compete virtually by video submission for the POL national championship, held in spring 2021. The winner’s school will receive a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books. A runner-up in each state will receive
$100, with $200 for the school to purchase poetry books.
For more information on running a Poetry Out Loud in the ArtsPath service region of Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, and Jefferson counties, call Jeff Wacker at 724-357-4565, or email us at either email@example.com or