Nevada Poetry Out Loud

Nevada Poetry Out Loud is open to Nevada students in grades 9 -12. Students may participate from in-school or after school programs, as well as home school and distance learning programs. Students compete in school and district semi-final competitions. Winners of the district competitions will compete in the live and in-person state competition. The state champion will represent Nevada in the national competition in Washington, DC.

Registration is now open for High School Teachers  


Individual students whose schools are not participating in Poetry Out Loud may self-register as independent participants. However, they will be required to participate in a school and/or district semi-final competition in their county.

Educational support materials

Starting at the classroom level, teachers are provided with a teacher’s guide and multi-media resources located on a comprehensive website, all aligned to national standards – to augment regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and a school-level competition. School-level recitation champions advance to their district competition. District semi-finalists travel to Reno for the state final competition.

  • Why should I participate as an educator? This program is turn-key, with all the materials and study guides provided for teachers to integrate it into their own lesson plans or allow teachers to set it up as a stand-alone program within the school, depending on the need and resources available. 
  • Why is this good for my students? This program helps students:  
    • public speaking skills build self- confidence learn about literary history & contemporary life Cash prizes for state winners 

The 2024 Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Final Competition is scheduled to be held live and in-person this year! The Nevada State Champion receives $200 and his/her school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry materials. The Nevada State Champion will compete in the live, in-person, national final competition in Spring 2024.

How it works:

AugustRegistration opens for 2024 Nevada Poetry Out Loud
August to SeptemberSet up Poetry Out Loud program, whether in the classroom or extracurricular activity.
Explore the resources available. 
September to NovemberRecruit participants, choose poems, and set up school competitions. 
January 2024District competitions are held.
March 2024District winners travel to Reno, Nevada to represent their district in the statewide Nevada Poetry Out Loud Competition at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. Can’t attend in person, set up a watch party and support your district winner! 
May 2024The state champion travels to Washington D.C. for the national competition.
Set up watch parties and follow the finals!

Nevada Arts Council Staff

Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning Specialist & POL State Coordinator, at or call 702.486.3738.