Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud in Iowa is an arts education program that encourages high school students to study great poetry and compete in a recitation competition at local, state and national levels. Students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.
About the Program
High school teachers implement curriculum using free, standards-based materials. Classroom studies culminate with a contest in which each student selects and recites poems from the Poetry Out Loud anthology. Classroom winners advance to school-wide competitions and school champions advance to regional and state competitions. State champions advance to the National Finals in Washington D.C. where a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends are awarded as prizes.
Iowa’s state champion receives $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship. The Iowa champion’s school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books and the first runner-up receives $100 plus $200 for his or her school.
Past State Champions
View past state champions of the Iowa Poetry Out Loud program.