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The Tulare County Office of Education and the Arts Consortium are proud to 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 in participating next year? Coaches should contact Kate Stover at (559) 741-0809 or kate.stover@tcoe.orgClick here for more information about this year's event.



2018 and 2019 Tulare County Poetry Out Loud Champion Gabrielle Trapse 
from Tulare Union High School reciting in the California State Assembly Chamber
 in the State Capitol at the State Finals in Sacramento!


2017 Tulare County Poetry Out Loud Champion Rebecca Keele
from Porterville High School reciting at the
California State Finals in Sacramento!


2016 Tulare County Poetry Out Loud Champion Laura Lara
from Mission Oak High School reciting at the
California State Finals in Sacramento!

Event Details

Event flyer

School Registration


School Champion Registration Deadline

January 25, 2021

Media Release Form due
February 5, 2021

Tulare County VIRTUAL Poetry Out Loud Finals
February 5, 2021

Event Contacts:

Paula Terrill
Student Event Coordinator
(559) 651-0565 

Kate Stover
Staff Development & Curriculum Specialist - Visual and Performing Arts

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! 

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