Ever wanted to be in the spotlight? Are you a performance artist at heart? Here is an opportunity to shine and give life to renowned poems that have shaped the world!

Not only is this an amazing artistic opportunity, but you also have the chance to win major prizes!

It is an amazing experience to watch a young person stand confidently in front of their peers and recite a poem that has become personal to them through the act of memorization and recitation.

“There’s a poem for everyone….There’s a poem that you will connect with and you will feel a really deep relationship with, no matter who you are.” —Isabella Callery, 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion

Since Poetry Out Loud™ started in 2005, more than 3.8 million students have found their poem. This national arts education program from the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation encourages the study of great poetry.

Each state champion will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship. Poetry Out Loud will award a total of $50,000 in cash and school stipends at the national finals, including a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

This competition is only for 9th-12th grade students. You must memorize two poems from the Poetry Out Loud anthology and recite them on January 23rd. After your complete this sign-up form, you will be emailed information on participating. See you there!


EPIC’s Poetry Out Loud Details

Who: EPIC students in 9th-12th grade

When: Thursday, January 23, 2019 at 10:00 am (Participants need to arrive by 9:30 am)

Where: Penn Square Mall (in the Center Court)

1901 Northwest Expressway

Oklahoma City, OK 73118


Register for Poetry Out Loud here.

After you fill out the form, you will be emailed more information on participating. Any further questions should be directed to kristin.campbell@epiccharterschools.org.

We look forward to hearing your voice!