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New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud Program 2017-20182018 POL champs

Congratulations to all NH Poetry Out Loud Competitors and to NH State Champion Alana Hoskins from Souhegan High School (left) and NH Alternate Eleni Spiliotes from Holderness School (right)!

View photos by Cheryl Senter from all 4 Semi-Finals and State Championships on flickr.


Welcome to the 13th year of New Hampshire's Poetry Out Loud competition, which celebrates the diverse voices of our high school students. Poetry Out Loud aligns with Common Core standards for reading and language, in addition to the NCTE English Language Arts Standards. Last year over 7,500 NH students and a total of 10,000 people in NH participated!


NH POL Coordinators:

Caitlin Delaney

Julianne Gadoury
Arts Education Coordinator, NH State Council on the Arts, 603/271-0791

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation program that encourages the nation's youth to learn great poetry. Through depth of learning, memorization, and performance, the program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Poetry Out Loud builds on the spoken word as an art form, inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, contextual anlaysis, and theater into the classroom. 

Nationwide, the program involves 365,000 students annually and awards $50,000 in scholarships. Funding comes from The Poetry Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, and is awarded to each State Arts Council to carry out a statewide program.

In New Hampshire, any high school — public, private, or parochial, as well as home school groups — are welcomed to participate. There is no charge to compete and materials are provided. 

Year after year, students, parents and educators tell us that the most important aspect of the Poetry Out Loud program is the recognition and introduction to poetry.  To be identified as a talented reciter and presenter of great poetry is an experience that changes lives, broadens ideas about the future, bolsters confidence and provides a wonderful sense of accomplishments. To be invited to present and recite poetry at the NH State House, Representatives’ Hall is an honor and memory of a lifetime. 

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Important Dates:

  • October 13, 2017: Registration Deadline
  • October 2017 - February 2018: POL curriculum in schools; school competitions held
  • October 2017: Teacher Orientations
  • February 9, 2018: Deadline to hold school competitions.
  • February 2018: Judges' Orientation
  • February 19- March 2, 2018: Regional Semi-Finals Competitions and school assignments
    • 2/15 New England College; snow date: 2/16
    • 2/20 Rochester Opera House; snow date 2/21
    • 2/22 Southern New Hampshire University; snow date 2/23
    • 3/5 Jean's Playhouse; snow date 3/6
  • March 9, 2018: NH State Finals Championship, NH State House, Concord, 6pm
  • March 12, 2018: Snow Date for NH State Finals Championship, NH State House, Concord
  • April 23-25, 2018: Poetry Out Loud National Championship in Washington, DC.

Press Releases:

March 12, 2018 - NH’s 2018 Poetry Out Loud Champion named

February 28, 2018 - 2018 NH Poetry Out Loud Championship, March 9

February 5, 2018 - 2018 NH Poetry Out Loud regional semi-finals begin Feb. 15


Last updated: March 14, 2018

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