September 12, 2012

New Jersey Poetry Out Loud 2012-2013

New Jersey Poetry Out Loud 2012-2013

Poetry Out Loud is the national recitation contest that encourages high school students across the country to learn about great works of classic and contemporary poetry through memorization and recitation. Not only do they share their interpretation and delivery of poetry, but they vie for awards and scholarships totaling $50,000.

Last year, New Jersey Poetry Out Loud saw record participation. 109 schools and over 19,000 students catapulted New Jersey to third place in program participation in the United States. Can you picture your students participating in this rich educational experience with students from across the nation?

Get your school involved!

All schools follow the same “poetry-bee style” contest structure, which begins at the classroom level. Classroom winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional competition, followed by the NJPOL State Finals at The Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University on March 15, 2013. The NJPOL State Champion will compete in the National Finals in Washington, D.C. on April 29-30, 2013.

All New Jersey public, charter, private and parochial high schools and home school associations are invited to participate. Participating students should be in grades 9-12 or the age/grade equivalent.

For complete details and to register your school, visit

*Quote: Shamsuddin Abdul Hamid, 2010 NJPOL State champion.
Photo: 2012 NJPOL State Champion Kristin Tsuo / Photo Credit: Frank Wojciechowksi

NJ Poetry Out Loud Artists-in-the-Schools Program, a partnership between Playwrights Theatre and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, places seasoned teaching artists experienced in Poetry Out Loud in the classroom to enhance the school's experience with POL. This optional program supplement provides master poets and performing artists to help teach students the depth, breadth, and artistry of poetry recitation. Residencies can be designed to fit your school's budget and range from 1 to 9 days in length. A limited number of residency grants are available. For complete details, visit

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the state arts agencies of the United States. In New Jersey, this program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner gency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Support for the program is also provided by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation.

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