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Poetry Out Loud

Registration for 2016

If you think your school might be interested in participating in the Poetry Out Loud competition in 2016, and you would like to learn more, check these resources or register at http://form.jotformpro.com/form/52095329855969.   

  • Get Involved in Poetry Out Loud! video – Learn why students and teachers love the program in this new five-minute video. Missouri is prominently featured, with comments from Thomas Fields, 2014 Missouri State Champion and one of only nine finalists in the 2014 nationals; Charles Hussung, teacher at St. Louis University High School, at which Thomas is a senior; and Virginia Sanders of the Missouri Arts Council, Missouri Poetry Out Loud coordinator.  
  • A letter from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education designed to inform your superintendent about how the program benefits the school
  • A 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 virginia.sanders@ded.mo.gov.

The Missouri Arts Council and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education have partnered to bring Poetry Out Loud to Missouri. 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.


Congratulations to Maya Bryant, Missouri's 2015 State Champion.

At the Missouri State Finals in Jefferson City on March 12, Maya Bryant (pictured with First Lady Georganne Nixon), a senior at Holt High School in Wentzville, rose to the top from among her fellow regional winners as the state champion. Ms. Bryant went on to the national finals in Washington, D.C. on April 28-29, where she competed with 52 other champions of contests in every state as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C. These champions emerged from a field of more than 365,000 students nationwide.

To watch the 2015 Missouri State Finals, click here:
Round 1
Round 2
Round 3 and Presentation of Awards

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