finals

May 27, 2021

There are no Cascadia-region students among the 2021 Poetry Out Loud finalists, but today’s National Finals should still be inspiring. Tune in to the webcast this evening, Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 4:00pm Pacific (7:00pm Eastern) as the young competitors give their all to be the 2021 champion.

A total of $50,000 in awards and school or organizational stipends include a $20,000 award for the National Champion, $10,000 for 2nd place, $5,000 for 3rd place, and $1,000 for 4th–9th places. The representing schools/organizations of each of the top nine finalists receive $500 for the purchase of poetry materials.

Congratulations, Lucy!

March 17, 2021

Heartfelt congratulations to Lucy Shainin of Anacortes High School, who is the 2021 Washington State Poetry Out Loud champion as well as the inaugural Anacortes High School student poet laureate for the Skagit River Poetry Foundation. Following her win in the the March 16 State POL Finals Lucy will compete in the May 2, 2021, National Semi-finals and, we hope, the championship round on May 27.

Congratulations to all the students who selected, memorized, and recited poems in this year’s virtual Poetry Out Loud.

rethinking a contest

September 3, 2020

Poetry Out Loud 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.” Students memorize poems, practice their delivery, and compete with one another on the classroom, school, state, and national level.

Not surprisingly, the 2020-2021 POL season will look a lot different from that of previous years. Though a date has not yet been set, POL has already announced that the National Finals will take place in spring 2021 as a video submission-based competition. POL is encouraging teachers and organizers at all contest levels to hold virtual competitions and have posted downloadable Poetry Out Loud Virtual Competitions & Filming Requirements (PDF).

Do you recall poems you memorized in school? The words can last a lifetime. If you have a high school student in your life, visit Poetry Out Loud, browse the poems, watch for deadlines, and consider memorizing a poem yourself!


 
As long as you’re just sitting there, how about memorizing a poem? You could start with one of your own, or an old favorite, or select a poem from the huge catalog at Poetry Out Loud.
 
Not sure? Here are a few articles that might help you make up your mind:

Start now and you could be ready to recite at your next reading… or party… or Zoom get-together.
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Poetry Out Loud

February 23, 2019

Once again, it’s Poetry Out Loud season and that means students from over 65 high schools around Washington State have been learning, memorizing, and performing poems. The seven regional finals are now over and the top 13 students will move on to the state final on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at 1:00pm at Tacoma Arts Live / Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, in Tacoma. Produced by ArtsWA, the event is free and open to the public.

The top student from the state final will receive a cash prize of $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, (with a chaperone) to represent Washington State in the National Finals, April 29 – May 1, 2019. The state winner’s school also receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books. The runner-up in the state competition receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. Additionally, $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends are awarded to the winners at the National Finals.

Click for information on Poetry Out Loud in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon.

Jake takes the cake

March 9, 2016

Poetry Out Loud 2016

Congratulations to Jake Andrews, a senior from Ellensburg High School, whose recitation of “Very Large Moth” by Craig Arnold earned him the top spot in the Washington State Poetry Out Loud Finals. He will go on to represent the state at the national finals in Washington, DC, in May. Read more on the competition from ArtsWA and watch Jake Andrews recite “Very Large Moth.”

Washington winners

February 16, 2016

Poetry Out Loud 2016 WA finals

Congratulations to the 13 high school students from around Washington State who have earned a spot at the Poetry Out Loud State Final Competition!

More than 20,000 students from 77 schools in 23 counties participated this year, competing first in their own classroom, then in their school and then in seven regional finals. The Washington State Final will take place on Saturday, March 5, 1:00pm, at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma. The state final is produced by ArtsWA (the Washington State Arts Commission) and is free and open to the public. The state champion will move on to compete in the National Poetry Out Loud competition to take place in Washington, D.C., May 2-4, 2016.

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The Sonnet Project

July 31, 2015

The Sonnet ProjectIf you are interested in Shakespeare, or sonnets, or New York City, The Sonnet Project has it all. The idea, originally slated for completion on Shakespeare’s 450th birthday (April 23rd 2014), is “to film all of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each performed by a different actor in a carefully chosen New York City location.”

When that deadline turned out to be unmanageable, the New York Shakespeare Exchange forged ahead anyway. Today there is a Sonnet Project website (with daily sonnet postings), Facebook page, Twitter feed and a Sonnet Project app. The films are posted on the website and on YouTube.

If you’re interested in recitation, this is a great place to hear Shakespeare.

Poetry Out Loud

March 23, 2015

Alex HanesworthOur congratulations to Alex Hanesworth, a junior from Anacortes High School, who is the Washington State Finalist in the 2015 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. Alex and other state winners will now advance to the semifinals, which will be webcast from Washington, DC, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, from 9:00am to 8:00pm EDT. The nine finalists will compete for the national title the following day. Read more about Alex Hanesworth in a (pre-state-finals) article in Go Anacortes.

Elizabeth Mo - photo by Jesse MichenerCongratulations to Elizabeth Mo, a senior at Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, Washington, who was declared the Washington State champion in the 2014 Poetry Out Loud competition. In addition to a monetary award, Elizabeth Mo will travel to Washington, D.C., for the nationwide competition, April 29 and 30.

Other Washington state awards went to: Francisca Ritoch (Shorewood High, King County), Mckenna Johnson (Kentwood High, King County), Margot Lewis (Bellingham High, Whatcom County) and Meghan Mulcahy (Olympia High, Thurston County). Additional details on the Washington State Arts Commission e-Newsletter.
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