The Cultural Alliance of York County will once again host the 2022-23 regional finals for Poetry Out Loud (virtually in late January).  All high school students in Adams, Franklin, Fulton and York counties are eligible to participate in this national recitation contest. Each participating school will send their winner to our regional contest. Our regional winner will virtually join 14 other regional winners at the state finals. The PA state competition will be held virtually with the winner being announced on March 13, 2023. The national competition will be May 8 – 10, 2023 in Washington DC.

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts (PCA), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Poetry Out Loud is free and provides standards-based curriculum materials to schools, teachers, and students.


Learn about our 2021 Regional Champion here!


The competition, presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.  Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country.

Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school wide competition, then to regional and state competitions, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. More than 300,000 students nationwide took part in Poetry Out Loud last year.


Here you’ll find the resources necessary to participate in the 2023 Poetry Out Loud competition.

We are distributing the Teacher’s Guide electronically. If you feel strongly about having one in paper form, please let us know and we’ll make sure you get one.  Otherwise, please access this link.

For more information go to the 2023 Fact Sheet
Want to participate? Please complete the 2023 POL Registration Form

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns to your Regional Coordinator:
Hilary Trout at 717-968-6339 or culturalalliancepol@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.
Please let us know ASAP if you are interested in participating. We will be happy to work with you. Thank you.