Poetry Out Loud

Appel Farm is the Proud Partner for Region 2 of New Jersey Poetry Out Loud!

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country.

Registration is open for this year’s New Jersey Poetry Out Loud Program!

This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. POL is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 4 million students and 65,000 teachers from 16,000 schools in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

In New Jersey, POL is a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, in collaboration with Mayo Performing Arts Center, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, CavanKerry Press.

Poetry Out Loud Region 2 Competition

Appel Farm is proud to host the New Jersey Region 2 Competition of Poetry Out Loud. This year, students will compete virtually. Appel Farm will share the Region 2 Competition online on January 25, 2021, and the Region 2 Champions will be announced online on February 2, 2021.

How does Poetry Out Loud work?

A teacher or administrator at a New Jersey public, charter, parochial or home school, or any organization serving grades 9-12, or the age/grade equivalent in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties can register for the program. Registered schools and organizations must implement the NJPOL program between the months of September – early January in any classroom, club or after-school program. Schools will receive:

School and organizations must host a school-wide or classroom-level competition in early January, featuring:

  • Minimum of two students competing
  • Contest judges
  • School/Organization Champion selected to compete in the regional contest

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More Information

For more information about Poetry Out Loud please contact Kristina Hill, Arts Integration and STEAM Education Director, or explore the partner links below.

Poetry Out Loud

The Poetry Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts

New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Mayo Performing Arts Center

Art Pride New Jersey



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