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Poetry Out Loud

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with state arts agencies of the United States to support Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.

Alabama Poetry out Loud District Map"High school students participate in classroom and school-wide competitions before the winners advance to regional competitions. The Region 3 competition is held at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa. Students reaching this stage will have their original poetry published in a chapbook produced by Slash Pine Press. The competition is open to the public at no charge."

Poetry Out Loud is facilitated in Alabama by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and regional coordinators which for region 3 is The Arts Council.

To find out how to get involved in Poetry Out Loud contact Sharron Rudowski at education@tuscarts.org or visit arts.alabama.gov.



  • In school activities: August - October 10, 2014
  • Workshop: October 16, 2014
  • Regional Competition: November 20, 2014
  • National Competition: Spring 2015



Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a program made possible by a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.