Los Angeles County

Poetry Out Loud

An annual recitation of classical poetry by high school students in grades 9-12.

Qualified contestants compete at an annual event hosted virtually by the Los Angeles County Office of Education.

The winner of the L.A. County Poetry Out Loud advances to the California state contest to compete for a spot in the National Poetry Out Loud finals in May.


February 1, 2024

Los Angeles, CA

Congratulations to Anaiya Asomugha who is the California Poetry Out Loud Runner-up!

More Info


For Students

Resources for students interested in poetry and participating in the competition.

  • Online Anthology
    Selection of POL poems available to students for recitation.
  • Recitation Videos
    What's it like to compete? Here is everything you need to to help you perform a successful recitation.
  • Tips on Reciting
    Enhance your performance with these professional recitation tips.
  • POL Conversation with Students
    A conversation with the 2020 POETRY OUT LOUD winner, Aiyanna Da'Briel and LACHSA Student and LA Youth Poet Laureate, Arlene Campa.
  • Scoring Rubric
    The scoring rubric is meant to provide a consistent measure against which to evaluate recitations.
  • Accuracy Score Sheet
    Score sheet used by the Accuracy Judge to track errors in accuracy.

For Organizers

Every year since 2005, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation work with thousands of schools and organizations nationwide to bring students a unique way to learn and love poetry. Through Poetry Out Loud™, students read, memorize, and recite classic and contemporary poems.

This year, LA County's Poetry Out Loud competition will hold the competition remotely and have an in-person celebration ceremony. Check back on this page for updated documents and forms.


Resources for schools and non-school organizations who are hosting a local Poetry Out Loud event.

Anaiya Asomugha
The Archer School for Girls
2023 LA County Poetry Out Loud Winner

Past Events

You can find past LA County Poetry Out Loud events on YouTube.

Launch YouTube Playlist


For more information please contact:

Jeannine Flores

Arts & STEAM Coordinator, LACOE