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Registration for New Jersey Poetry Out Loud 2019-2020 is now open!

Help us celebrate the 15th anniversary of Poetry Out Loud by registering for this unique program!

Registration closes November 29, 2019.

Congratulations to all twelve students who participated in the 2019 NJPOL State Finals!
We’re thrilled to congratulate this year’s winners (videos of winning performances appear below):

Joseph G. Kim Sexton
2019 State Champion

from Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic


Monica Howze
2019 state Runner-Up

from Payne Technical High School


Poetry Out Loud, a free national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, 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; they also vie for awards and scholarships totaling $50,000.

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
— Robert Frost

2018 NJ Poetry Out Loud State Champion Breana Sena of Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School in Jersey City performs"Mothers" by Nikki Giovanni.