Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud Competition
The Orange County Department of Education and California Arts Council is partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to support a wonderful event for high school students called Poetry Out Loud (POL). POL is a contest that encourages students to memorize and recite different genres of timeless poetry. The program is intended to help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literacy heritage.
POL Resources

Important Dates

  • February 13, 2019- County Competition at OCDE
  • March 3-4, 2019 - State Finals (Sacramento) - County Representative
  • April 29 - May 1, 2019 - National Finals (Washington, DC) - State Representative
If you have questions regarding the 2018-2019 event, please contact Steve Venz at svenz@ocde.us . To receive a 2018-2019 Teacher's Guide Packet competition, please click here for more information.
Congratulations Alexis!
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Congratulation Alexis from Mater Dei High School! She represented Orange County at the state Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition and now she is the POL state champion. Alexis will compete at the national finals in April.   

To learn more about the 2018 state competition, click here.
To view photos from the 2016 state competition, click here.
To learn more about the 2014 state competition, please click here.
To learn more about the 2014 county contest, please click here. 
Between The Lines
Introducing OCDE's new poetry contest,  BETWEEN THE LINES. This Orange County high school poetry writing and recitation contest, will provide students who are participating in Poetry Out Loud an opportunity to compose and then recite their original poem at the 2018 OC Poetry Out Loud contest. 

​Poetry Out Loud / Between The Lines 2017 Album






 This activity is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.