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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 4.2 million students and 72,000 teachers from 18,000 schools and organizations in every state, American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Carol Woods is our Poetry Out Loud Coordinator for 2024.

You can reach her at:

Levi Lowe: The POL Experience

Holly Britton: How to Do POL

Carol Woods: Poetry Out Loud Coordinator

You can reach her at:

Carol Woods Tips for Students and Teachers

Rick Foster: The POL Community

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