Poetry Out Loud

Beginning in the fall of 2018, DNACA partnered with the Del Norte County Unified School District to bring the Poetry Out Loud program (POL) to Del Norte and Sunset High Schools. Poetry Out Loud is a National Recitation Contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation. The program is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

High school students memorize poems chosen from the programís vast anthology to recite in competitions: classroom, then school, then county-wide. The countyís champion receives a travel stipend to attend the state-wide competition in Sacramento and the stateís champion moves on to the National Finals in D.C. Students have the opportunity to receive scholarships and recognition for their work and schools have the opportunity to receive funding for poetry materials.

DNACA coordinates professional teaching artists to go into the classrooms and coach the students on memorization, recitation, and more in order to prepare for these competitions. As with all our programs, the teaching artists receive professional compensation for their time. We also organize the contests, providing judges who are prepared to determine accuracy, physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, and overall performance.

Visit our Community Arts Calendar and acebook Page for updates on upcoming events as a part of this program.




anyone lived in a pretty how town by e. e. cummings.
You can listen to more poetry on the Poetry Out Loud website.