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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 18, 2018

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
Twitter: @NHDNCR

Julianne Gadoury, N.H. State Council on the Arts

New school year, new season for Poetry Out Loud

School is back in session and along with homework, fall sports and exam prep, students across New Hampshire are gearing up for the 2019 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud program.

Each year, up to 45 high schools and high school groups register to participate in the months-long program, giving approximately 10,000 students the opportunity not only to learn great poems by master poets, but also to sharpen their public speaking and presentation skills, making them stronger candidates for positions both in higher education and the workforce.

Competitions begin at the classroom level and advance to school championships, which are followed by four regional semi-finals in late winter and the state championship at the N.H. State House in March. National finals, with one competitor from each state, are held in Washington, D.C.

While thousands of students participate and not everyone advances to the next round of competition, students consistently report that learning and reciting poetry is an experience that changes their lives.

There is no cost to students or schools to participate in Poetry Out Loud, which is organized by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and led in New Hampshire by the N.H. State Council on the Arts. A map of schools that participated in the 2018 program is available from the Poetry Out Loud section of the NHSCA’s website,

To learn more about 2019 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud, including how high schools and school groups can register, visit For additional information, contact Julianne Gadoury, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at 603-271-0791,

New Hampshire’s Poetry Out Loud supporters include the Putnam Foundation – a donor-advised fund of the N.H. Charitable Foundation. Other partners include Brightspot Consultants, New Hampshire Public Radio, the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Writers Project, Slam Free or Die, the Frost Place, Granite State Ambassadors and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a division of the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with legislation designed “to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens.” Funding for programs is provided through state appropriations, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at




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