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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 PA state Poetry Out Loud championship will take place virtually. The 2021 state champion will be announced at noon on March 8, 2021. 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 14 regional partner 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: Norah Johnson

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. 

Steven File.jpg2020 Pennsylvania Poetry Out Loud state champion, Steven File (photo courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services)

2020 POL News and Results

The 2020 Pennsylvania Poetry Out Loud State Finals took place Monday, March 9 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania's Auditorium in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The 14 regional finalists were part of the 4,600 high school students who participated in the competition in 110 schools across the commonwealth. 

Steven File, a junior from York Suburban School District in York County is Pennsylvania's 2020 Poetry Out Loud state champion.

Second Place at the PA state finals went to  Raycell Díaz Hernández, a senior from Reading School District in Berks 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.