Poetry Out Loud

A high school freshman from Skutt Catholic High School in Omaha, Amanda Pohlman will compete for the Poetry Out Loud National Championship in Washington, D.C. April 29-30. Amanda won the Nebraska state championship on Saturday, March 8th at the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln. Students from ten high schools competed in the state finals poetry recitation event after having advanced from several regional competitions held around the state during February. Amanda will be one of 53 students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories to vie for the championship at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals Event. The national semi-finals and finals can be viewed in a live, one-time only webcast.

See what Nebraska teachers and students say about POL in our promotional videos:

2014 Poetry Out Loud Nebraska State Finals

2013 Nebraska Poetry Out Loud State Finals

2012 Nebraska Poetry Out Loud Program Promotion

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation partner with the Nebraska Arts Council and arts agencies in all fifty states to sponsor Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. Poetry Out Loud builds on the recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as demonstrated by the slam poetry movement among our youth. The program encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, which help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about our literary heritage.

Starting at the classroom level, teachers are provided with free multimedia curriculum materials – a teachers’ guide, DVD, posters, and comprehensive website, all aligned to national standards – to augment their regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and a classroom-level competition. In Nebraska, free poetry recitation workshops for students are available to many participating schools. These workshops are led by Nebraska Arts Council roster teaching artists who have expertise in poetry and performance. All Nebraska high schools are welcome to participate in Poetry Out Loud.

Each year, school-level recitation champions advance to regional semi-finals. Regional winners then move on to the state competition held in Lincoln. Nebraska's state winner receives a monetary award as well as a free trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national finals.

For more information about Poetry Out Loud, contact the Nebraska Arts Council at (402) 595-2122/(800) 341-4067, and visit the Poetry Out Loud website to learn more about the national program.

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