Durham County Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation of poems contained in the Poetry Out Loud online anthology. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals. http://www.poetryoutloud.org/about

Each school is responsible for organizing and conducting their own classroom and school competitions.


The Durham County Poetry Out Loud coordinator works with other schools in the county to plan and conduct the Durham County Poetry Out Loud competition.Voyager Academy participates in the Durham County Poetry Out Loud Competition coordinated by the Durham Public Schools Poetry Out Loud Coordinator.


Durham Public Schools School Site Coordinators
Northern High School-
Southern School of Energy & Sustainability- Selena Oliver
Riverside High School-
Durham Performance Learning Center-
Durham School of the Arts- Alexa Garvoile
Jordan High School-
Hillside High School-
Hillside New Tech-
JDC Early College-
Middle College High School- Jaclyn Turnwald
City of Medicine Academy- Taylor Whitfield
School for Creative Studies-
Voyager Academy- Carly Connor




2017-2018 Timeline Durham County Poetry Out Loud

September 2017
Poetry Out Loud information available to N.C. teachers (online) http://www.ncarts.org/Education/Poetry-Out-Loud

October 2017- January 2018
Classroom and School Competitions held.
Classroom Winner forms must be submitted to School Coordinator according to the school deadline.

October 2017
School Registration Deadline
Schools interested in participating in the official N.C. program, must register with the North Carolina Poetry Out Loud coordinators. After registration, schools and participating teachers will receive a Teachers Guide in the mail. You can also download the Poetry Out Loud Teacher's Guide.

School coordinators can register their school using the following SurveyMonkey link (2017-2018 link will be posted here as soon as it available.)

North Carolina Poetry Out Loud Coordinators
Melissa Hassard at melissa@melissahassard.com

Steve Sumerford at ssumerford@triad.rr.com

January 19, 2018
School winner form must be completed by January 19, 2018 to be included in the Durham County Poetry Out Loud Competition. Each school can send up to two representatives to participate in the county competition. You must complete the form for each winner separately.

February ___ 2018 at 6:00pm-
Durham County Poetry Out Loud Competition
Hayti Heritage Center Performance Hall
804 Old Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27701



March 2018 (tentative)
Statewide Poetry Out Loud semifinals and finals

May 2018
Poetry Out Loud National Finals at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C., George Washington University