Poetry Out Loud

February 9, 2017

Attend a POL event this month!

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-9-09-36-pmRecitation and performance are major new trends in poetry. There has been a recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of hip-hop music among our youth. Poetry Out Loud (POL) builds on this momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into schools. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation partner with the Maine Arts Commission and provide the opportunity for all Maine high school students to participate. This is the 12th year of the program and POL continues to grow while helping students to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.


Each school that participates selects one student to represent them at one of two regional finals event.  Ten students are ultimately selected to recite at the state finals. One student, moves on from the state finals to represent Maine at the national finals in Washington D.C., where students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico compete for a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends for the purchase of poetry books.

Poetry Out Loud events are very exciting to attend. If you or your students are interested in poetry you won’t want to miss the amazing opportunities.

Key Dates for POL in Maine

February 13, 2017      Northern Maine Regional Finals (Performing Arts Center, Hampden Academy, 3 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.) RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 – SNOW DATE!

February 28, 2017      Southern Maine Regional Finals (Garland Auditorium,Thornton Academy, the event is free and all are welcome to attend.)

March 2, 2017            Snow date Southern Maine Regional Finals

March 13, 2017          Maine State Finals (3 p.m., Waterville Opera House)

The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

March 14, 2017          Snow date for Maine State Finals

April 24-26, 2017        Poetry Out Loud National Finals (Washington, D.C.)

Schools participating this year in Maine

Northern Regional Finals on February 27:
Rose Horowitz, 2016 Maine State Champion

Rose Horowitz, 2016 Maine State Champion

Bangor High School

Calais High School
Camden Hills Regional High School
Carrabec High School
Erskine Academy
Gardiner Area High School
George Stevens Academy
Hampden Academy
Kents Hill School
Lee Academy
Maine Central Institute
Medomak Valley High School
Messalonskee High School
Narraguagus Jr./Sr. High School
Presque Isle High School
Rangeley Lakes Regional School
Richmond High School
Searsport District High School
Waterville Senior High School
Southern Regional Finals on February 28 (snow date of March 2):
2016-pol-finalistsCape Elizabeth High School
Casco Bay High School
Deering High School
Freeport High School
Gorham High School
Greely High School
Harpswell Coastal Academy
Kennebunk High School
Lewiston High School
Lisbon High School
Maine Coast Waldorf School
Maine Girls’ Academy
Morse High School
Mt. Ararat High School
North Yarmouth Academy
Oak Hill High School
Portland High School
Sacopee Valley High School
Saint Dominic Academy
South Portland High School
Waynflete School
Westbrook High School
Yarmouth High School

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