Grants & Programs

Poetry Out Loud: Program Materials & Schedule

Poetry Out Loud curriculum materials include:

The program requires only two to three weeks of class time. 

2018 Program Timeline

The 2018 National Finals will be held April 23-25, 2018 at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The semifinals and finals will be webcast live.


Tuesday, April 24 - Semifinals - Lisner Auditorium

Semifinals are free and open to all to attend. No tickets required.

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Semifinal: Region 1

East Central and Northeast

DC, CT, MA, NY, SC, OH, VI, NJ, VA, DE, NH, WV, RI, NC, MD, VT, ME, PA

  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Semifinal: Region 2

Midwest and South Central

MO, OK, GA, AL, IA, WI, IN, KS, AR, TN, IL, KY, MI, MS, LA, FL, NE, PR

  • 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Semifinal: Region 3

Upper Northwest and West

SD, MN, CA, CO, NV, ID, AK, AZ, NM, HI, TX, WA, UT, OR, WY, MT, ND

Please Note: The recitation order within each region is determined by a random process. The random recitation order will be honored for all three rounds of competition at the semifinals.

 

Wednesday, April 25 - National Finals - 7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. National Finals at Lisner Auditorium

Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

FOLLOW: Poetry Out Loud is on Twitter at @PoetryOutLoud and @NEAarts, #POL18.

 

October 1, 2018 – Online registration for Illinois schools to participate in Poetry Out Loud 20180 – 2019 opens

January 26, 2019 – Online registration for schools to participate in a POL regional contest closes

Typically all Illinois regional Poetry Out Loud contests are held throughout the month of February. The Illinois state contest is held in early March. State contest winners must register to participate in the national POL contest by mid-March and the national contest is held in Washington, D.C. in April. These dates may shift depending on the scheduled date for the 2019 national contest.

Teachers and students should plan on spending a minimum of three weeks on the POL curriculum materials and preparing for any contest. The schedule for the eight regional contests to be held in Illinois will be posted on this website by October 1, 2018. All regional contests require that schools register the names of their school’s contest winner and the poems to be recited with the regional POL coordinator.

Consider the timing/schedule outlined above when planning the introduction of the POL curriculum and scheduling a school contest. The POL Teacher’s Guide and list of approved poems is posted on the official Poetry Out Loud website, www.poetryoutloud.org. Teacher’s Guides are updated annually. Reviewing the Teacher’s Guide from a previous year should provide a good understanding of how to plan using Poetry Out Loud in the classroom and how to organize a classroom and/or school contest. Hard copies of the up-to-date Teacher’s Guide can be requested from the Illinois regional POL coordinator for your area beginning in the Fall, an exact date is not known at this time.