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Poetry Out Loud (POL)
The Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest (POL) encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. More than 2.4 million high school students from more than 4,000 high schools across the United States have discovered the magic of beautiful language through Poetry Out Loud. 

The PCA collaborates with 15 partners organizations to administer regional competitions across the commonwealth.

A schedule of this year's regional competitions can be found here

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. 

Note: The 2019 state POL championship will take place March 4 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania.

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. 

2018 Pennsylvania Poetry Out Loud state champion, Brooke Halinar; photo courtesy of Commonwealth Media Services

2018 POL News and Results

The 2018 Pennsylvania Poetry Out Loud State Finals took place on Monday, March 5 at The State Museum of Pennsylvania's Auditorium in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The 15 regional finalists were part of nearly 6,500 high school students who participated in this year’s competition in 111 schools across the commonwealth. 

Brooke C. Halinar, a junior from Cornwall-Lebanon School District in Lebanon County is Pennsylvania's 2018 Poetry Out Loud state champion. She went on to represent Pennsylvania in the national contest in Washington, D.C., April 23-25, 2018.

Second Place at the PA State Finals went to Gabriel Ramos, a senior from North Pocono School District in Lackawanna 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.