NH Arts – Poetry Out Loud 2023

Poetry Out Loud Logo with an image of a microphone

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation program that encourages the nation’s youth to learn great poetry. Through depth of learning, memorization, and performance, the program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Poetry Out Loud builds on the spoken word as an art form.

New Hampshire high school students who excel at their love for memorizing and reciting poetry will come together for several semi-final competitions in February, hoping to head to the 2023 NH Poetry Out Loud championship. Three regional competitions will take place and these will be the first in-person semi-finals since 2020. NH state finals will take place on March 17.

Important upcoming dates (and snow dates):

Semi-final: Thursday, February 16th, 6:00pm (snow date: Friday, February 17th) 
Location: Recital Hall, Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

Semi-final: Tuesday, February 21st, 6:00pm (snow date: Wednesday, February 22nd) 
Location: Simon Center Great Room, New England College, 98 Bridge St., Henniker, NH

Semi-final: Thursday, February 23rd, 6:00pm (snow date: Friday, February 24th) 
Location: Rochester Opera House, Rochester, NH

New Hampshire State Final: Friday, March 17th, 5:00pm (snow date: Monday, March 20th)
Location: State House in Concord, Representatives Hall
This event will also be livestreamed – more information to come

For more information about Poetry Out Loud please visit the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts web site or contact Allison Hawkins, Arts Education Coordinator, allison.hawkins@dncr.nh.gov, (603) 271-0791.

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