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.
POL is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies. More information about the Poetry Out Loud competitioncan be found by visiting www.poetryoutloud.org
The competition is open to high school students both in and around Wells County. There is no cost to participate in the competition.
The winner of the local competition will go on to compete at the state level POL competition. State competition winners will compete at the POL national finals, where the national champion will receive $20,000.
For more information about the Bluffton-area Poetry Out Loud competition, visit www.wellcocreativeartscom/poetry-out-loud or contact the Creative Arts Council office at 260-824-5222.