Poetry Out Loud

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Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country.

The program:
- Introduces students to classic and contemporary poetry
- Encourages students to learn about literary history and contemporary life
- Helps students master public speaking skills and build self-confidence

GCA is thrilled to partner with the Alliance Theatre to administer Poetry Out Loud for the state of Georgia.

School registration for POL is currently underway and the deadline to register is Friday, December 16, 2022. School level competitions must be completed by January 20, 2023. Four regional POL competitions will be held throughout February 2023. The state final will be held on March 14, 2023, at the Alliance Theatre. POL national finals will be held May 8-10, 2023. Georgia POL state champs have finished in the top three nationally for four of the last ten years, with one national champ, two national runners up, and one third place finisher. Click the first link below for information on school registration and the timeline for POL program dates.

Learn more about Poetry Out Loud in Georgia

Read the 2022 Poetry Out Loud State Finalist Press Release