Poetry Out Loud Update
by Deb Kohn
The words of great poets literally come to life in Poetry Out Loud, a literary arts program created by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. Since 2005, nearly 4.7 million students have participated in the program and committed at least one poem to memory. Almost 1,500 Kansas high school students participated in the program in 2020.
Due to COVID-19, there are elements of the Poetry Out Loud program that will look a little different this school year. In order to ensure the safety and health of participating students and staff, the 2021 Kansas Poetry Out Loud program and the Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be held virtually. At this time, the dates for the virtual 2021 National Finals are still to be determined, but will take place in the Spring as a video submission-based competition.
Key dates for the Kansas 2021 Poetry Out Loud program:
For details and registration information visit KS 2021 Poetry Out Loud