Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Alaska State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation present Poetry Out Loud™ in partnership.
This national arts education program encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country.
This program helps students master public speaking skills and build self-confidence, while also learning more about both classic and contemporary poetry. Registration for Alaska Poetry Out Loud in 2023-2024 is now open.
We encourage all to participate, whether you’re representing your school or participating as an individual; we intend participation in Poetry Out Loud to be simple and accessible to all!
Prior to winter break, schools are invited to register for Alaska Poetry Out Loud (through November 1, 2023) and hold classroom and school wide contests.
At-large individual students participating in Poetry Out Loud, where a school program is not available, may also register by November 1, 2023.
School and at-large registering students then advance to regional competition, and 10 students from across Alaska will advance to a state competition to be held in Juneau on March 11, 2024.
Non-school organizations, such as after school clubs, libraries, or nonprofit organizations, may also choose to run Poetry Out Loud local competitions in partnership with schools.
State champions will advance to the national finals, which are planned to take place in Washington, DC, Apr. 30 – May 2, 2024, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.
More information will be announced in the future.
Since the program began in 2005, more than 4.1 million students across the country have participated in Poetry Out Loud.
In 2023, Brigitta Palepa Ta’aga represented Alaska at the National Poetry Out Loud Competition, advancing to the third round of competition in the National Semi-finals.
Benjamin Brown, Chairman of the Alaska State Council on the Arts, noted, “Poetry Out Loud is truly one of the most amazing programs ever initiated by the National Endowment for the Arts. It is stunning how much it has grown since its inception in 2005, providing ever greater benefits to thousands of Alaskan students.”