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New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud Program 2022-2023

Congratulations to all NH Poetry Out Loud competitors and to NH State Champion Ella Weinmann of Conant High School and NH Alternate Champion Lilah Bartholomew of Kearsarge Regional High School!

Photos by Cheryl Senter from the State Championship 

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Photos from the three Semi-Finals are also available:
2023 POL Semifinal at PSU
2023 POL Semifinal at NEC
2023 POL Semifinal at ROH


Welcome to the 18th 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.


NH POL Coordinators:

Kelly Delekta

Allison Hawkins
Arts Education, NH State Council on the Arts

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 analysis, 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. 

General Information:POL logo

Important Dates:

  • October 31, 2022: NH POL Registration Deadline
  • October 2022 - February 2023: POL curriculum in schools; school competitions held
  • October 2022 - February 2023: NH Poets lead workshops in schools
  • November 2022: Teacher Orientations
  • February 6, 2023: Deadline to hold school competitions
  • January/February 2023: Judges' Orientation
  • Semi-Final Competitions:  Regional Semi-Finals Competitions and school assignments
    • Thursday, February 16th (snow date: Friday, February 17th), 6:00 pm
       Location: Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University
    • Tuesday, February 21st (snow date: Wednesday, February 22nd), 6:00 pm 
      Location: New England College, Henniker, NH
    • Thursday, February 23rd Snow date: Friday, February 24th, 6:00 pm
      Location: Rochester Opera House, Rochester, NH
  • March 17, 2023: NH State Finals Championship, 5pm, NH State House, Concord 
  • May 8 - 10, 2023: Poetry Out Loud National Finals, Washington, DC

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Last updated: March 30, 2023

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