On the Discover Jersey Arts Website


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 12 years on the NJ Poetry Out Loud Program.

New Jersey is a national leader in school, student, teacher, and classroom participation. In 2016-17, over 25% of all eligible schools in New Jersey Participated.


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

Additional Opportunities for Student Writers and Peformers