Poetry Out Loud, K-12

Recitation 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. Poetry Out Loud builds on that momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theatre into the high school English classroom. It encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. The Poetry Out Loud state finals are March 7, 2009.