Registration for Poetry Out Loud 2022 is now open!

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest that celebrates the power of the spoken word and a mastery of public speaking skills while cultivating self-confidence and an appreciation of students’ literary heritage as they take poetry from the page to the stage. Poetry Out Loud has inspired hundreds of thousands of high school students to discover and appreciate both classic and contemporary poetry.


Semi-Finals Assignments 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the decision by the National Endowment for the Arts to make the National Semi-Finals and Finals virtual, the 2022 Poetry Out Loud Massachusetts Contest will be virtual. Please see updated dates below:


Massachusetts Regional Semi-Finals Virtual Broadcasts via Zoom - Saturday March 12, 2022

Massachusetts State Finals Virtual Broadcast via Zoom - Sunday March 13, 2022


If you have any questions, please email


Read the Program:

Poetry Out Loud in Massachusetts: History and Statistics


Why participate in Massachusetts Poetry Out Loud? 

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For more information on Poetry Out Loud, visit the official website at For information about the Massachusetts competition, please email the Education Department at

"POETRY OUT LOUD helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.  By encouraging your students to study, memorize, and perform some of the most influential and timeless poems of the English language, you immerse them in powerful expression and provocative ideas.  Although many students may initially be nervous about reciting in front of their peers, the experience will prove invaluable — not only in school, but also in life.  Much of the future success of students will depend on how well they present themselves in public.  Public speaking is a skill people use every day on both the workplace and the community."National Endowment for the Arts & The Poetry Foundation


Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, in partnership with the Mass Cultural Council and The Huntington.


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