2016 State Poetry Out Loud Competition Winners:
Prairie Mosaic documentary highlighting State Champion, Caroline Huber
What is Poetry Out Loud?
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. After successful pilot programs in Washington, DC, and Chicago, Poetry Out Loud (POL) was launched in high schools nationwide in the spring of 2006 with tens of thousands of students participating. POL continues to grow every year. POL builds on the recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as demonstrated by the slam poetry movement among our youth. By incorporating memorization and performance in the classroom, POL sets the stage for students to deepen their understanding of figurative language, word relationships and the nuances within word meanings. In addition, students learn about great poetry, explore their literary heritage, and gain confidence in public speaking skills. Please visit the National Poetry Out Loud webpage for more information. For more information on North Dakota's Poetry Out Loud competition visit http://ndpol.weebly.com. Schools and teachers interested in participating in the North Dakota Poetry Out Loud Program should contact Arts in Education Director, Rebecca Engelman for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (701)328-7593.
How to Register: All schools wishing to participate in the North Dakota POL program must officially register through North Dakota Council on the Arts. POL Teacher Resource materials will be mailed to all participating teachers. Registration form can be found and downloaded at http://www.ndpol.com/2016-17-registration-form.html
Poets in Schools Grant Program
North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) offers non-matching grant funds for poet visits to schools registered in the POL Program. Visits must take place between September 1, 2016 and February 1, 2017.
A total of $10,000 is available for the 2016-17 school year. These funds will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis. Total amount of grant request may not exceed $2,000. Deadline for submitting application is November 1, 2016. Details, grant guidelines, list of poets, and application form can be found at Poets in Schools Grant Funds.
2016-17 POL Schedule (subject to revision)
Videos of Past State Champions:
1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6
Bismarck, ND 58503-0649
(701) 328-7595 (Fax)
Hours of business are:
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on National Holidays