2016 National Poetry Out Loud Competition

WASHINGTON, DC – Poet Edgar Albert Guest once asked “How much grit do you think you’ve got?”  On May 3 and 4 in Washington, DC, high school students from every state will test their grit and wit in the national finals of Poetry Out Loud, the nation’s largest youth poetry recitation competition. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation that encourages high school students around the country to learn great classic and contemporary poetry through a recitation competition that culminates with the national finals.  

The 53 state champions will gather at the Poetry Out Loud semifinals on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT at the Lisner Auditorium at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Nine finalists will advance to the National Finals, also held at the Lisner Auditorium, on Wednesday, May 4, from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m. EDT. Both events will be webcast live. Live captioning will be available.

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Program Booklet

State Champions

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