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The National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation brings students a unique way to learn and love poetry. Now it's happening again locally, virtually.
Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. It's a dynamic program that helps high school students
master public speaking skills, build self-confidence,
learn about their literary heritage, and compete for
cash prizes and national scholarships!

Students in grades 9 to 12, from all types of high schools, are welcome to participate.
The Arts Council of Placer County is hosting this year's virtual competition. Here's how it works:
Students -
Select a poem from the anthology of more than 1,100 poems at:
Read, memorize, and recite their classic or contemporary poem
Video record their recitation
Submit to the Arts Council of Placer County
The Placer County judges will select winners who then go on to the California State competition on March 11, 2021. The National Championships will be held virtually in spring 2021. Contestants there will compete for the chance to win a grand prize of $20,000!
Get competition details and more information about the Placer County Competition at:
Deadline to enter videos is
February 8, 2021
Poetry Out Loud helps students understand the true power and weight that words can hold

Watch and be inspired!

Please share with teachers, performing arts organizations, and others to encourage high school students to enter the Placer County virtual competition for 2021 Poetry Out Loud.
Questions contact:
Arts Council of Placer County

Poetry Out Loud Flyer: