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Poetry Out Loud

An arts education program to encourage the study of great poetry


Upcoming Events

SCSC is the statewide host for Poetry Out Loud, a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3.8 million students and 60,000 teachers from 16,000 schools in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. 

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Upcoming Events and Deadlines:

Cost is Free

Registration Deadline: December 10, 2023

Poetry Out Loud Regional competitions: Feb. 12-18, 2024

Poetry Out Load State competition late Feb. 2024 at Mankato State University

This activity is made possible by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

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Mary Hillmann

Student Academics Program Manager
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