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Poetry Out Loud is a free, national arts education program available to all high school students in Pennsylvania.  Students study some of the world’s finest poetry and ultimately take part in recitation competitions – all the while, students improve their public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and of course, learn about our literary heritage.  >

Teachers:  Follow this LINK to review how Poetry Out Loud is aligned with Common Core Standards

The 2014 Pennsylvania State Finals took place on Monday, March 10, 2014 at the Governor’s Residence. 

Gov. Corbett, Elliot Davidson, First Lady Susan Corbett

Elliot Davidson, a sophomore at Lewisburg Area High School in Union County is Pennsylvania’s 2014 “Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest” champion. Davidson will now go on to compete in the national contest in Washington, D.C. Davidson will represent Pennsylvania at the national championship to be held in Washington, D.C. April 28-30.

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Poetry Out Loud is a keypart of PCA’s ongoing efforts to foster educational excellence for Pennsylvania’s students through participation in the creative process.  To advance that effort,  The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts collaborates with fourteen regional partners to administer Poetry Out Loud.  Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure, similar to the National Spelling Bee, that starts at the classroom level.  Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional completion, the state finals, and ultimately to the National Finals.   The National Finals are hosted by the program’s creators, The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the Poetry Foundation.

2013 Poetry Out Loud Pennsylvania Regional Champions


Philip Horn, ED-PCA, David 'DJ' Gress, winner, First Lady Susan Corbett

Philip Horn, Jeffrey Gabel-Council Member, David 'DJ' Gress, Gayle Cluck- Poetry Out Loud Director, First Lady Susan Corbett

Runner up, Poetry Out Loud, Alex Jackson, Franklin County

Governor Corbett, Poetry Out Loud 2013, the Governor's Mansion, Harrisburg, PA

First Lady, Chair, PCA, Susan Corbett

Aaron Preston, POL Finalist, Berks County

Rachel Krunszyinksy, POL Finalist,Westmoreland County

Brittany Lynn Farnsworth, POL Finalist,Centre County

Isaiah Zukowski, POL Finalist, Lehigh County

Cole Sipe, Musical Accompanist