Poetry Out Loud


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Poetry Out Loud teaches about poetry through memorization and recitation. Students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life, while fulfilling NCTE and Common Core Standards.

Now in its eighth year nationwide, Poetry Out Loud was created through the National Endowment of the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, in order to encourage youth to learn about great poetry through exploration, memorization and  performance. The program begins in the classroom, as students select poems to recite from the Poetry Out Loud Anthology of more than 650 classic and contemporary poems. Students then advance to a school-wide competition, culminating in a county final competition. The Inyo County first place winner then proceeds to the California State Competition, held in March each year in Sacramento, with the state champion heading to the National Finals in Washington D.C.

Thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation, and the California Arts Council for supporting this dynamic program.

For more information on Inyo County’s Poetry Out Loud program, please contact Erin Livingston, School Arts Coordinator at Inyo Council for the Arts: 760- 873-8014, schoolarts@inyo.org.

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