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.


Registration for the 2018-2019 school year is now closed.

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.