Poetry Out Loud: TONIGHT!

Hear great poetry as spoken through the youth of DC TONIGHT!

This year’s Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest is the District’s largest yet.

A record 15 District high schools are participating in the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation’s nationwide poetry initiative, where students compete for scholarship money and a bid to the national competition. DCCAH is proud to host the District’s state competition this year.


GALA Hispanic Theatre



Now in its fifth year, Poetry Out Loud was piloted in Chicago and Washington, DC in 2005 and grew to include the capital region of every state in 2006. Its growth is due to the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form and thanks to the slam poetry movement. The program encourages the nation’s high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, helping them to internalize and perpetuate our rich literary heritage while mastering public speaking skills and building self-confidence.


Participating Schools include:

Banneker High School

Columbia Heights Educational Campus

Ideal Public Charter School

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Friendship Collegiate Academy

Hyde Leadership Public Charter School

Seed Public Charter School

St. Anselm’s Abbey School

Washington Latin Public Charter School

DCPS Youth Services Center

Young America Works Public Charter School

Ballou Senior High School

Theodore Roosevelt High School

Cesar Chavez Public Charter School

National Collegiate Preparatory School


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Since 1968, the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) has developed and promoted local artists, organizations and activities.
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