Poetry Out Loud

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CCCOE, in partnership with Contra Costa County, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, hosted a Poetry Out Loud regional competition on Saturday, February 10, 2024.                                   

Poetry Out Loud Winer

Congratulations to the 2024 Poetry Out Loud Winner and Runner-Up:

Ariana Salvador, a senior at Pinole Valley High School, is Contra Costa County’s 2024 Poetry Out Loud winner. With dramatic and expressive recitations of poems by Tanaya Winder and Roisin Kelly, Salvador became the county champion.

Second place was awarded to Brooke Sanders, a senior at San Ramon Valley High School. Runner-up Sanders received a $100 scholarship.

Read press release about Poetry Out Loud.

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Registration is Free!!

One registration per educator/school. Once registered, you will be contacted by the CCCOE Poetry Out Loud coordinator who will work with you to be sure that you have a smooth journey to the county competition.  

$250 will be awarded to winner of the county competition and $100 to the runner-up!

Important Dates for 2025:

  • January, 2025 - Deadline to register your school
  • February, 2025 - Deadline for school competition and registering your winner for the county competition
  • TBD - County competition


Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program and poetry recitation competition for high school students beginning in the classroom. School-level recitation champions compete to advance to the regional, state and then national levels. With Poetry Out Loud, students have the opportunity to interact with the words of the masters of the art through recitation, while also presenting their own creative techniques of delivery.

California proudly boasts the largest Poetry Out Loud competition in the country, growing steadily since its start in 2005.

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Download 2023-2024 Teacher Guides and other materials from the National Poetry Out Loud Website.


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