Alabama Contemporary Art Center: Poetry Out Loud Workshop & Competition

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Date(s) - January 21, 2023
10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Alabama Contemporary Art Center


We are looking for high school students (9th-12th) to participate in this year’s Region 1 Poetry Out Loud Competition!

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, American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In partnership with the Mobile Arts Council, we will be hosting a free workshop for students on Saturday, January 21st from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. here at the Alabama Contemporary Art Center. Students will have access to break out sessions on poetry analysis, recitation, and writing; performances by Powerlines Poetry; and a chance to rehearse their poems in the competition space.

The Region 1 competition will be held Friday, February 3rd at the Alabama Contemporary Art Center.

The competition categories are broken down as follows:


Two poems total, picked from the POL Anthology– one written before 1900, one that is 25 lines or less, or one poem that satisfies both requirements. Must be memorized for competition.


Two poems total, of the student’s own creation – one must be 25 lines or less. Must be memorized for competition.


One poem total, of the student’s own creation – addressing topical, societal challenges they identify as relevant. Does not have to be memorized for competition.

Anthology Link:

Should your student compete and be selected to move onto the state competition in Montgomery, they will have to have three poems memorized. Contact for additional information!