Poetry Out Loud
Coming soon: The Missouri State Finals
Jefferson City, Thursday, March 13
The Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest for high school students encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional competition, then to a state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals. The 2014 National Finals will take place in Washington, D.C. on April 28-30. Guidelines for teachers
Regional competitions in Missouri took place in January and February:
Southeast: Friday, January 18, 1 p.m.
Cape Girardeau Public Library
711 North Clark
Kansas City South: Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m.
The Writers Place, Kansas City
3607 Pennsylvania Ave.
St. Louis County: Saturday, February 8, 3:30 p.m.
444 Chesterfield Center
Northeast: Tuesday, February 11, 10 a.m.
Hannibal Arts Council
105 South Main Street
Southwest: Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 p.m.
(snow day February 18)
Creamery Arts Center, Springfield
411 N. Sherman Parkway
St. Louis City: Tuesday, February 11, 5:30 p.m.
Regional Arts Commission, University City
6128 Delmar Blvd.
Kansas City North: Tuesday, February 18, 7 p.m.
Park University, McCoy Meeting House, Parkville
8787 NW River Park Dr.
Central: Wednesday, February 19, 10 a.m.
(snow day February 26)
Columbia City Hall
701 East Broadway
Northwest: Wednesday, February 19, 4:30 p.m.
Troester Media Center, St. Joseph
St. Charles County: Wednesday, February 19, 10 a.m.
(snow day February 26)
Foundry Art Center, St. Charles
520 N. Main St.
If you think your school might be interested in participating in the 2015 Poetry Out Loud competition and would like to learn more, check these resources.
- A letter from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education designed to inform your superintendent about how the program benefits the school
- A June 8, 2012 article courtesy of the National Association of State Arts Agencies by their executive director, Jonathan Katz, lauding the program’s life-changing benefits for students and “the power of poetry and partnership”
- General information about the national Poetry Out Loud competition, including lists of poems eligible for use
For more information, contact Virginia Sanders, Missouri Poetry Out Loud coordinator, at 314-340-6851 or email@example.com.
The contest was created in 2006 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
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