Poetry Out Loud








Maeva Ordaz, State Champion, 2014

Poetry Out Loud photos

SAVE THE DATE Registration Deadline for 2014-2015 Alaska Poetry Out Loud: OCTOBER 15, 2014


The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation present Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, in partnership with Alaska State Council on the Arts and Juneau Arts & Humanities Council. Poetry Out Loud provides a wonderful opportunity for high schools to introduce their students to poetry. Competitions in recitation bring other life skills into play – memorization, public speaking, learning how to tease out meaning from the written word.

Schools sign up during the fall semester and have a school wide competition by January. Regional competitions are held by February 6. The state final will be held in Juneau, March, 10, 2015.

The state winner receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship, April 27-29, 2015.

The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library.

Poetry Out Loud will award a total of $50,000 in cash and school stipends at the National Finals, including a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Maeva Ordaz from West Anchorage High School, was selected as the 2014 Alaska Poetry Out Loud champion and represents the state in the 2014 National Finals in Washington, DC.

In Alaska alone, over 3,500 students from 42 high schools took part in the Poetry Out Loud program. Over 365,000 students participated nationwide.

High school teachers who are interested in participating in Poetry Out Loud should know that the program satisfies most of the NCTE English Language Arts Standards. The curriculum for Poetry Out Loud has been designed to fit into a teacher's busy schedule. The program takes place over the span of 2 to 3 weeks, according to each teacher's interest and agenda, and it does not require full class periods. The program may be incorporated with existing poetry units. High schools that wish to be part of the official Poetry Out Loud program must register online to participate. The Alaska State Council on the Arts will determine which schools are eligible to take part in the official Poetry Out Loud program. Schools that are not in the official program may conduct their own contests using the online resources.


See the ten 2014 Alaska finalists talk about their experience here

Photos from the State Finals (by Seanna O'Sullivan Photography)


Sept 23, 2014: POL Informational Teleconference 1 (3:30 p.m.–RSVP required)
Sep 30, 2014: POL Informational Teleconference 2 (3:30 p.m.–RSVP required)



Jan 22, 2015: Rural School Competitions completed
Jan 23, 2015: Postmark deadline: Mail videos of rural school winners to POL Coordinator in Juneau*
Feb 6, 2015: Deadline – All regional competitions must be completed
Feb 9, 2015: Deadline – All state finalist names to Juneau
March 10, 2015: Alaska POL Recitation Contest in Juneau
March 20, 2015: Deadline – State Winner to register for National Competition
Apr 27-29, 2015: National POL Recitation Contest in Washington, DC


Learn all about Poetry Out Loud Here: http://poetryoutloud.org/



Rules and Eligibility Organizing a contest - Incl: Score Sheets, Evaluation Sheets, Evaluation Criteria, Judge's Guide, Prompter Instructions, Sample Tally Sheet, Scoring Rubric

Judge Preparation - Incl:Advice for Judges, Score Sheets, Evaluation Sheets, Evaluation Criteria, Judge's Guide, Prompter Instructions, Sample Tally Sheet, Scoring Rubric

For more information about the Alaska POL Program contact Amanda Filori at pol@jahc.orgor call Laura Forbes at 907.269.6610

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