Poetry Out Loud


The Walton Media Center and the Poetry Club are proud sponsors of the WHS Poetry Out Loud competition. Read on to learn more about  this awesome event.

What is Poetry Out Loud?

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation.

Why should students participate?

Students who compete in Poetry Out Loud learn about great poetry, master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Plus, they can win awesome prizes and include their participation on college applications! To learn more, visit poetryoutloud.org.

What does the competition entail?

Students who participate in the school-level competition will

  1. Select and interpret two poems from the Poetry Out Loud anthology
  2. Memorize and recite selected poems for faculty advisers before school-wide competition date
  3. Recite both poems for faculty judges in school competition

How are participants evaluated?

Judges assess participants according to their

  • Physical presence
  • Voice and articulation
  • Dramatic appropriateness
  • Evidence of understanding
  • Accuracy
  • Overall performance

Click here to see 2016 Poetry Out Loud Runner-Up and Georgia State Champion Marta Palombo recite “Mingus at the Showplace” by William Matthews at the 2016 National Poetry Out Loud competition, May 3, 2016.

Where do I sign up?

If you would like to participate in Walton’s Poetry Out Loud Competition, please complete the form below by Friday, October 28, 2016.

Poem Selections

Participants, please use the form below to submit your two poem selections by Monday, October 31st. Remember, both poems must be selected from the Poetry Out Loud anthology. One must be 25 lines or fewer, and one must be written before the 20th century. The same poem may be used to meet both criteria.