Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud logo: green microphone with the text, "Inspiring Students" in blue across the top and the words Poetry Out Loud across the bottom, all on black background.

It’s Finals Time! 

Poetry Out Loud Hawai‘i State Finals
Sunday, February 12, 2017  |  11:00 a.m.
Tenney Theatre, Cathedral of St. Andrew
229 Queen Emma Square, Honolulu, 96813

We encourage you to attend – free and open to the public.

Listen to an interview with Vivien Lee, Arts Program Specialist,
about the Poetry Out Loud State Finals on HPR’s The Conversation.

The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Honolulu Theatre for Youth invited high school students from across the state to compete in the 2016-17 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry ­ recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English classroom. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self­-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

Schools were invited to participate in classroom and school wide contests, advancing to a Hawai‘i state competition on February 12, 2017 in Honolulu. The deadline for school participation in this year’s competition has now passed. We encourage you to attend the finals and cheer on the 14 young poets in the competition, with a reception immediately following. The finals are free and open to the public.

The state champion will receive $200 and an all­ expenses­ paid trip to the National Finals April 25-26, 2017 in Washington, D.C., where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

Photo of Nicholas Amador of Punahou School, the 3rd place winner in the Poetry Out Loud 2016 National Competition. Nicholas stands with his hands outstretched while reciting one of three poems.

Punahou School sophomore Nicholas Amador placed 3rd in last year’s National Poetry Out Loud Competition.

This is the 12th year that HTY is partnering with the HSFCA to bring Poetry Out Loud to Hawai‘i.

The NEA and the Poetry Foundation provide state arts agencies with free, standards-based curriculum materials for use by participating schools. These materials include an online poetry anthology and a Teacher’s Guide with sample lesson plans to help instructors teach recitation and performance. Program materials are also available for download on the website, www.poetryoutloud.org, which offers additional resources.

Past Competitions
2016 Hawai‘i Poetry Out Loud
2015 Hawai‘i Poetry Out Loud
2014 Hawai‘i Poetry Out Loud