Get involved

Bigger is better. California's Poetry Out Loud is the largest state POL competition in the nation, with room still to grow. Every high school in the state is eligible and encouraged to participate.

Students who are homeschooled can get involved by joining in a local registered high school's competition, or by organizing a contest with fellow homeschooled students. Poetry Out Loud is accessible to students with disabilities—teachers can learn more here.

Note: The California Arts Council partners with one organization per county to administer Poetry Out Loud. If you are not currently a POL partner, please contact the program specialist prior to application.

Ready to recite? Interested schools, teachers, students, or parents should contact their Poetry Out Loud county partner for questions on how to participate. Additional questions can be directed to:

Josy Miller
Arts Education Program Specialist
(916) 322-6385


“Learning great poetry by heart develops the mind and imagination.”

Dana Gioia  |  Former chairman of the national endowment for the arts, founder of poetry out loud