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The Tulare County Office of Education and the Arts Consortium are proud present the Tulare County Poetry Out Loud competition.

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Poetry Foundation, and the California Arts Council, Poetry Out Loud inspires high school students to discover and appreciate poetry through a combination of memorization, performance, and competition.

This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and improve English fluency and comprehension. The Poetry Out Loud program begins with classroom and school-wide competitions, with winners advancing to county, state, and national levels.
Poetry Out Loud (POL), founded in 2006, is an extraordinary opportunity for all high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. Each year, 365,000 students across the nation, with over 50,000 students in California alone—participate in Poetry Out Loud. POL focuses on poetry as an oral art form, like slam poetry and rap music. Through poetry, students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and internalize our rich literary heritage.
The national Poetry Out Loud competition is open to all high school students (public, private, parochial, independent, continuation, court, charter and home schools). Students don’t enter the POL competition directly, but through their high schools. A school POL liaison may be a teacher, a librarian or school staff member. 

Interested coaches should contact Kate Stover at (559) 651-1482 or
Click here for more information about this year's event.

​2016 Tulare County Poetry Out Loud Champion Laura Lara reciting at the
California State Finals in Sacramento!

Congratulations to Tulare County's inaugural Poetry Out Loud winners!

Left to Right
3rd Place - Lupita Lopez - Mission Oak High School, Tulare CA - 12th Grade
1st Place - Laura Lara - Mission Oak High School, Tulare CA - 12th Grade
2nd Place - Kaleigh Lawrence - Dinuba High School, Dinuba CA - 12th Grade
Photo taken at the Tulare County POL Finals - February 3, 2016

Tulare County Event Details

2017 Tulare County Final Competition
was held on February 1, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.

Event Contact Info

Kate Stover
Tulare County Poetry Out Loud Coordinator
Staff Development & Curriculum Specialist - VAPA
(559) 651-1482

Event Sponsors


Curious to learn more about Poetry Out Loud?

Check out this video!

Teachers - Interested in participating in Poetry Out Loud, but not sure where to begin? 

In her blog post,"Poetry Out Loud: Step-by-Step to a Life Changing Lesson," Laurie Jones, teacher and POL coach from Mission Oak High School in Tulare, California offers a step-by-step guide to facilitating POL for the first time. Filled with strategies, lesson ideas, and an inspiring perspective on teaching poetry, Laurie's blog will help you take the leap. 
Thank you for sharing your amazing journey with us Laurie! 

Tulare County Poetry Out Loud in the News
Click below to download this year's Teacher's Guide

Poetry lesson plans and other resources

2015 National Poetry Out Loud Winner Maeva Ordaz reciting
John Keats' Ode on a Grecian Urn