Poetry Out Loud


Congratulations to the 2018 Placer County Regional Finals Winner!

“Once again, I am in awe of these high school students and their ability to lift the poem off the page and present it from their hearts, as if the poem has come from that very place inside them,” said Julie Valin, Poetry Out Loud coach and coordinator for the Placer County program.

Read the Auburn Journal article HERE.


Next Steps:

State Finals Competition

March 18-19, 2018

Senate Chamber, Sacramento, CA

The State Finals are also webcast and televised via the California Channel. 


Winner of the State Finals will go on to the National Finals in Washington D.C.



2018 Poetry Out Loud Participants

Winner: Arianne Aponte (Placer High School) Runner-Up: Kate Riccardelli (Placer High School)


About Poetry Out Loud

The annual program brings high school students from across Placer County to the stage for a competitive performance that combines the spoken word and theater.

Following preparation and qualifying competitions in the high schools, school champions will compete in the Placer County Finals competition presented by the Arts Council of Placer County.

The recitation competition is an extraordinary educational opportunity for high school students to learn great poetry, perform it, and compete.

The ACPC Poetry Out Loud program leads local students in learning and understanding renowned older and modern poetry that are a part of the national POL program.

Guest judges for the Poetry Out Loud County Finals are teachers, writers, and literary artists.

STEP 1: Students will present two pieces they have chosen from the approved POL anthology after working with both their high school teacher and the ACPC POL Coordinator/Coach to prepare.

STEP 2: The Placer County winner will go on to the California Poetry Out Loud State Finals in Sacramento (dates TBD), sponsored by the California Arts Council.

STEP 3: At the state level, one winner will be selected to represent California in the national competition in Washington D.C. (dates TBD).

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation support this innovative program which encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. POL incorporates the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English and drama class to help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about great poetry in literature.

CLICK HERE for more detailed information about California Arts Council's Poetry Out Loud program.

Poetry Out Loud – Arts Council of Placer County

Poetry Out Loud 2018 Runner-Up Finalist, Kate Riccardelli (Placer High)


2016 Poetry Out Loud winner Anna Clayton

2012 Winner Helen Bansen, Truckee High School with Runner-up Skyler Souza, Colfax High School
2012 Poetry Out Loud Contestants