October 13, 2022


In the wake of hurricane Ian, our thoughts are with our communities that experienced hardship. Some of our Florida communities may be dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane and we hope for a safe and a quick recovery. 

We are excited to announce our 2023 Poetry Out Loud season. Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies.

Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 4.1 million students and 68,000 teachers from 17,000 schools and organizations in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

USF’s St. Petersburg campus is proud to host the Florida Poetry Out Loud State Competition. Last year over 6,000 high school students from across the state participated in Poetry Out Loud. We invite you and your students to be a part of this exceptional program. 

Want to Learn More?

The co-coordinators of Poetry Out Loud and last year's judges hosted two information sessions last year. Would you be interested in that opportunity again? If so, please complete this doodle poll to share your availability. Also, we encourage teachers/directors that have previously participated to join as well, to offer suggestions and ask/answer questions.  

Information Session: Doodle Poll


There is a collection of resources for our teachers. A great resource is the Poetry Out Loud website; inclusive of the Teacher's Guide (linked below).

Specific information to the State of Florida Poetry Out Loud program can be accessed here.

Teacher's Guide

Download here!

What to Expect?

You can expect a monthly newsletter from the State of Florida Poetry Out Loud.

Facebook Group

Join the Florida Poetry Out Loud Teachers Facebook group

Register Your School Today!


Amanda Gorman Award for Poetry

Amanda Gorman and Penguin Random House recently established the Amanda Gorman Award for Poetry (ABC News), a $10,000 prize for public high school students who submit the best original work. Current public high school seniors in the U.S. and all U.S. territories who plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college are eligible for the Gorman award. For more information on how students can apply, visit the Penguin Randomhouse website.

Poetry Out Loud Mobile App

Poetry Out Loud has a free app! With this app, students can easily find, save, and practice poems for the competition on their phones or tablets. Many thanks to our wonderful partners at the Poetry Foundation.

Available for download:

App Store (iOS)

Google Play Store (Android)


October & November TBD (share your interest/availability above)

Information Sessions

Friday, January 20, 2023

Deadline to register school

Friday, February 17, 2023

State finalist's registration due


Saturday, March 11, 2023

State Final to be hosted at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus


May 8 - 10, 2023

Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC

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