poetry out loud

A Statewide Poetry Recitation Competition

Presented by the Flynn in partnership with the Vermont Arts Council

The Flynn is excited to partner with the Vermont Arts Council to present Poetry Out Loud. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, the program provides pathways for students to explore, memorize, and recite great works of poetry. Contestants choose and learn about poems from an extensive online anthology of classical and contemporary poetry while mastering public speaking skills as well as building self confidence. The national Poetry Out Loud recitation competition engages thousands of Vermont high school students every year. 

Participation in Poetry Out Loud begins at the classroom level around the country. Teachers engage students through instruction in poetry and performance and organize contests involving one or more classes. Winners advance to the state finals, and the state champion advances to the national finals in Washington, D.C. 

The Flynn's education department will be administering the statewide Poetry Out Loud program, working with schools and students through the school year. The Vermont state finals will be held on the Flynn Main Stage in March 2023. Questions about Poetry Out Loud? contact education@flynnvt.org.

Stay tuned for details on how to participate

Poetry Out Loud is supported by the Poetry Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state of Vermont.

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