Wyoming Arts Council

Registration Open for Wyoming Poetry Out Loud


The Wyoming Arts Council invites interested 9th-12th grade teachers and students to take part in Poetry Out Loud (POL), the national recitation and memorization contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Designed specifically for students in grades 9-12 attending public, private or home schools, the POL program is a fun way to teach and learn language arts standards through poetry.

POL builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, encouraging the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. Students can work on mastering comprehension, public speaking, acting, performance, drama and English skills while building self-confidence and internalizing our rich literary heritage.

Full program details are available here. In addition to the wonderful learning experience this program offers, students have the opportunity to win cash prizes and money for their school library to purchase poetry books. The State Champion will be awarded an all-expense-paid trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C., April 23-25!

If a school is interested in participating in Wyoming’s Poetry Out Loud competition, needs further information or a packet of printed program materials, please contact Tara Pappas at tara.pappas@wyo.gov, 307-777-7109.

The registration deadline for Wyoming Poetry Out Loud is Dec. 22, 2017. Click here to register.


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