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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 9, 2015

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
Twitter: @NHCulture

Catherine O’Brian, N.H. State Council on the Arts
(603) 271-0795

State Arts Council opens registration for 2016 NH Poetry Out Loud program

Registration is open for New Hampshire high schools wishing to participate in the 2016 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud competition. This will be the program’s 11th year, both in New Hampshire and nationally.

A program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

Poetry Out Loud competitors memorize and recite poems from hundreds identified by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation that, together, represent the breadth of great poetry. Participants are judged on the quality of their presentation, accuracy in reciting the poem and its difficulty.

Approximately 10,000 students from 37 New Hampshire high schools participated in the 2015 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud program.

Each year, New Hampshire’s classroom champions compete to represent their high school at four regional, semi-final competitions; semi-final winners then participate in March’s state championship. The state champion travels to Washington, D.C. for the national finals, where more than $50,000 in college scholarships and prizes are awarded to the top finishers.

New Hampshire’s Poetry Out Loud program is managed by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts with the support of the Putnam Foundation – a donor-advised fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – and the New Hampshire Writers Project. Other partners include Opus Advisors, the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Institute of Art and the Frost Place.

Registration will be open to up to 40 New Hampshire high schools. Home-schooled students are also welcome to join through their local school or by creating a regional group.

The deadline to register for 2016 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud Program is November 1, 2015. To learn more or to register, go to: and click on the “Poetry Out Loud” button.

New Hampshire educators interested in having their school participate in 2016 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud and who would like more information should contact Catherine O’Brian 603-271-2789,




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