Poetry Out Loud 2023

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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. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies.

Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 4.1 million students and 68,000 teachers from 17,000 schools and organizations in every state, American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All students in grades 9-12 are eligible.

The Region 3/4 Poetry Out Loud competition will be held on February 2, 2023 at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa. We will also have a student workshop in partnership with spoken word nonprofit The Flourish and The University of Alabama Holle Center for Communication Arts on January 19, 2023.
Only students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 are eligible, with special exceptions made for 8th grade students enrolled in high school classes.

If you are a teacher with interested students in Bibb, Dallas, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Perry, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Winston, Calhoun, Clay, Cleburne, Jefferson, Randolph. Shelby, St. Claire, or Talladega Counties, please fill out this form, and we will follow up with more information. If you are an individual student in one of the above counties who is interested without a participating school, please reach out to Shannon McCue at education@tuscarts.org for more information.

Sponsors include the National Endowment for the ArtsPoetry FoundationAlabama State Council on the Arts and The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa.

2021-2022 District 3/4 Winners

National Anthology Winners and Advancing Students:
1st Place: Elizabeth McClure, Alabama School of Fine Arts
2nd Place: Lucy Gardner, Indian Springs School

Original Poetry Winners and Advancing Students:
1st Place: Mason Forman, Indian Springs School
2nd Place: Atticus Hill, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Also advancing: Aviva Goldberg, Indian Springs School
Also advancing: Melany Morgan, Alabama School of Fine Arts

Social Justice Poetry Winners and Advancing Students:
1st Place: Lucy Gardner, Indian Springs School   
2nd Place: Mikaela Ravizee, Alabama School of Fine Arts 
Also advancing: Ellis Carter, Indian Springs School


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Poetry Out Loud is a program made possible by a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

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