Poetry Out Loud

The Virginia Commission for the Arts is now independently managing the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. Please visit www.arts.virginia.gov/programs_POL.html to participate in this innovative arts program in its 10th Anniversary Year.

What is Poetry Out Loud?

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud , a contest that 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.


Casey Polczynski
Arts in Education Coordinator
Virginia Commission for the Arts
1001 East Broad Street, Suite 330
(804) 225-3132

Virginia Regional Champions, 2012

Virginia Regional Champions, 2012
Left to right: Imani Jones, William Campbell, Ellen Howerton, Sean Pugerude, Mikeala Skelton, Courtney Sigloh, Jasmine Alexander, Will Gilbert, Kylee Kilbourne, Sarah Poole, Jenna Tan, Amber Walton, Lily Hargis, James Russell, Hosanna High, and Keaton Hillman

Virginia State Champions, 2012

Mrs. Marta Howerton, Ellen Howerton, 2012 State Champion, Jenna Tan, State Runner-Up and Frances Fok, teacher