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Poetry Out Loud (POL)

Please note: Due to our continued adherence to health and safety protocols related to COVID-19, the 2021 state Poetry Out Loud championship will take place virtually on March 8. More details to follow. 

About Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud (POL) encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. More than 3.8 million high school students from more than 16,000 high schools across the United States have discovered the magic of beautiful language through Poetry Out Loud. 

The PCA collaborates with regional partners organizations to administer regional competitions across the commonwealth.

Poetry Out Loud is part of the PCA's ongoing efforts to foster educational excellence for Pennsylvania's students through participation in the creative process. 

Poetry Out Loud state coordinator: Gayle Cluck

Poetry Out Loud was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the state arts agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. 

2019 Pennsylvania Poetry Out Loud state champion, Jordan Marie Lewis (photo courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services)

2019 POL News and Results

The 2019 Pennsylvania Poetry Out Loud State Finals took place Monday, March 4 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania's Auditorium in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The 15 regional finalists were part of nearly 5,700 high school students who participated in this year’s competition in 118 schools across the commonwealth. 

Jordan Marie Lewis, a sophomore from Derry Township School District in Dauphin County is Pennsylvania's 2019 Poetry Out Loud state champion. She represented Pennsylvania in the national finals in Washington, D.C., April 30-May 1, 2019.

Second Place at the PA state finals went to Adam Schram, a senior from the Delta Program: State College Area School District in Centre County.

Additional Information 

Judges for the state and regional finals include performers, poets and cultural and business leaders from across the state. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) sponsors the statewide competition along with its regional partners and arts organizations.