Poetry Out Loud

Please join us for Poetry Out Loud!

Since 2006, students from across our region have participated in the increasingly popular Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, showcasing their prowess in public speaking, performance, and presentation by reciting poems long-treasured in our literary heritage. Hailing from Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, and southern Pike counties, regional competitors meet at the Allentown Art Museum, an Arts In Education Partner with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, to compete for the opportunity to advance to the state finals in Harrisburg.  Each year, the state champion represents the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. Perhaps the national champion could be a student from your school!
How do I get my school involved?
In Pennsylvania, you must contact the coordinator for your region. For Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and southern Pike counties, please contact  Kailey Goodnuff at the Allentown Art Museum, at 610-432-4333 ext. 132.
Is there a fee involved?
Absolutely not. Poetry Out Loud is a free contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts - Arts In Education Partnership.
Are students required to recite original poems?
The Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest challenges students to make meaning of and build relationships with the poetry of our literary heritage.
Through this program, students have discovered and have found inspiration in the words of such esteemed writers as Langston Hughes, Gregory Corso, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Edgar Allan Poe, and Joy Harjo, just to name a few.
It sounds great, but I’m not sure if I can fit it into my curriculum…
Poetry Out Loud satisfies more than half of the NCTE English Language Arts Standards!
Each participating school also receives a teacher’s guide that includes lesson suggestions and planning suggestions to help you absorb the program into your regular classroom activities.  Also available is a comprehensive website (www.poetryoutloud.org) that includes an anthology of about 500 poems.
Contest Structures and Awards

Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals.

Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.

Awards are made in the form of lump sum cash payouts, reportable to the IRS. Tax liabilities are the sole responsibility of the winners and their families.

To learn more about Poetry Out Loud, please visit www.poetryoutloud.org or contact Kailey Goodnuff, at the Allentown Art Museum at 610-432-4333 ext. 132 or kgoodnuff [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org

Poetry Out Loud Regional Winners
Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe, and southeast Pike Counties
Allentown Art Museum Regional Competition

2006    Stephanie Fortson, Lehighton High School, Lehighton
2007    Liann Hochfeld, Pleasant Valley High School, Brodheadsville
2008    Ben Rivera, Freedom High School, Bethlehem
2009    Sofiya Ballin, Pleasant Valley High School, Brodheadsville
2010    Angela Goldberg, Pleasant Valley High School, Brodheadsville
2011    Aidan Gilrain-McKenna, Liberty High School, Bethlehem
2012    Adam Parham, Pleasant Valley High School, Brodheadsville
2013    Isaiah Zukowski,Emmaus High School, Emmaus
2014    Alexa Vaghenas, Stroudsburg High School
2015    Gazal Jabir, left, Whitehall High School
2016    Loren McCullough, Easton High School
2017    Emily Minaya, Whitehall High School

State Competition Winners

2010    Angela Goldberg, Pleasant Valley High School, Brodheadsville


2017 winner Emily Minaya from Whitehall High School.