Poetry Out Loud is the national poetry recitation contest that encourages high school students (grades 9-12) to learn about great works of classic and contemporary poetry through memorization and recitation. Writers Theatre has partnered with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for the past 13 years on the NJ Poetry Out Loud Program.

New Jersey is a national leader in school, student, teacher, and classroom participation. In 2017-18, nearly 30% of all eligible schools in New Jersey participated.


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National POL Competition Livestream – April 23, 2018

We’ll be live-streaming the National Poetry Out Loud Competition on Monday, April 23rd! Click here be taken to the NJ POL website, where you’ll find a link to the livestream.  The link will be posted a few days before the event.

NJ Poetry Out Loud | What It Is

NJPOL | The National Program

NJPOL | Residencies in the Schools

NJ Poetry Out Loud | How It Works

NJPOL | The School Competition

NJPOL | The State Competition

NJPOL | The National Competition

NJ Poetry Out Loud |Get Involved

NJPOL | Schedule

NJPOL | Choosing the Poems

NJPOL | Contacts

NJPOL | Partners

NJPOL | Professional Development Workshops

NJPOL PD Workshops | Register Here

NJPOL PD Workshops | SOPAC | October 3 (W) 8:30a-12:30p

NJPOL PD Workshops | TCNJ | October 17 (W) 9:00a-3:30p

NJPOL PD Workshops | Rutgers-Camden | October 26 (F) 8:30a-12:30p

Additional Opportunities for Student Writers and Peformers