ABOUT THE COMPETITION
The Arkansas Arts Council, a division of Arkansas Heritage, has partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to encourage students to learn great poetry and develop real-world skills. Poetry Out Loud is a free, high school program that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. The program helps students build self-confidence, develop public-speaking skills, learn literary history and compete for more than $20,000 at the national level.
There are three parts to the competition: school level, state level, national level. The school competitions timeframe will be announced later in 2022. The school level winners will represent their schools at the state finals on Saturday, March 11, 2023. You can find more detailed information on how to organize a POL contest for your school HERE.
Homeschools and organizations with interested high school students (9th-12th) may enter to compete in Poetry Out Loud as well.
For information on how to get your school involved, please contact the arts and education program manager.
Drew Pirtle - Ark. School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts (ASMSA), Champion
Artlanda Mallett - Little Rock West HS of Innovation, Champion
Ariya Williams - Warren High School, Champion
Matthew Greenhill - Ark. School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Champion
Emma McDaniel - Bigelow High School, Champion
Arely Salazar - Bigelow High School, Alternate
Layla Lammers - ASMSA. Alternate
STATE LEVEL WINNER
NATIONAL LEVEL WINNER