Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Regional Semi-Final Dates Confirmed!

Congratulations to the 41 schools who will be participating in NH Poetry Out Loud this year!  A full list of schools can be found on our website at:
We are delighted to have four wonderful partners hosting our regional competitions in March:  Jean’s Playhouse on March 2nd, NH Institute of Art on March 3rd, Southern NH University on March 5th and New England College on March 9th.    Participating schools will receive notification of their assigned semi-final location this week.   Please call us with any questions!  Or email us at   Please remember to submit date of your in-school competition to us by December 5th and join us for Teachers Orientation on November 20th or 24th.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Writing Contests for NH Students

We are delighted to share three wonderful opportunities for NH students to participate in writing contests in the coming year.  Please share with you classes and colleagues.

NH Citizens for the Arts Essay Contest
Submission period: January 1 – March 15, 2015 Topic: “Why do the arts need to be in society?” Information at

Poetry Society of New Hampshire Contest
Submission deadline: April 30, 2015 Information at:

Center for the Book: Letters about Literature Contest
A national contest from with the Library of Congress
Level 3 entries must be postmarked by 12-15-14
Levels 1 and 2 must be postmarked by 1-15-15
Information at:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Poetry Out Loud "Sizzle Reel"

Check out and share the attached video of the national Poetry Out Loud competition. It will absolutely generate buzz and build excitement for your school competition and the NH finals. Get involved in Poetry Out Loud! Be sure to visit for other promotion and curriculum tips. And register today for the NH Poetry Out Loud Teacher Orientation on November 20th or 24th. Thank you for being a part of NH Poetry Out Loud.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teacher Orientations

Registration is now open for NH POL Teacher Orientations - November 20th and 24th in Concord. Please register on Survey Monkey at Teacher's Guides and other materials will be available at this meeting. Teacher's Guides can also be downloaded at We look forward to seeing you in November!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome to Poetry Out Loud 2014-2015

Greetings NH Poetry Out Loud Fans! Registration is now open for 2015 NH Poetry Out Loud - the 10th Anniversary of Poetry Out Loud in our state and in the nation. We will start to post helpful materials and information here and on the NH State Council for the Arts website. We have a tentative date set for our NH POL State Finals, March 13, 2015 at the State House, Representatives’ Hall and Virginia Prescott, from NH Public Radio has agreed once again to serve as our MC (snow date on Monday, March 16). I am Alexandra Urbanowski and am delighted to be working this year as the new NH Poetry Out Loud Coordinator, in collaboration with my colleague Caitlin Delaney. Together we will work to be a resource for you and all those involved and make all the events and activities run smoothly. Caitlin and I are members of Portsmouth-based Opus Advisors ( where we provide assistance to arts organizations and nonprofits across NH and beyond in communications, strategic planning, and fundraising. We bring our passion for theatre arts, poetry and the arts in education to NH Poetry Out Loud. Please contact us at anytime with your questions at We look forward to meeting you soon!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Congratulations and Thanks to All!

The NH Poetry Out Loud state finals took place on Monday, March 17th at the NH State House, and what a night it was!

The audience was welcomed by an eloquent State Representative, who then turned over the reins to Master of Ceremonies Virginia Prescott, host of NHPR’s “Here and Now.” Prescott has been the MC for the Poetry Out Loud State finals for a number of years now and clearly enjoys the job.

But what’s not to enjoy? Our twelve finalists from around the state were uniformly superb. At the end of the evening, though, a new state champion was determined: Hannah Burke, from Jesse Remington High School in Candia. Alternate champion is Dessaline Etienne from Goffstown High School.

Hannah will travel to Washington, DC, on April 28th to compete in the national competition with 52 other champions from all the US states and territories. Best of Luck Hannah!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Brush Up Your Poetry!

Last year for the first time, we offered a one-day clinic for all NH school champions and alternate champions. We brought in professionals to lead workshop sessions with an eye to improving students’ performances at the semi-final and final Poetry Out Loud competitions, and as a way of introducing kids to one another and building a sense of camaraderie.

The event was such a success that we have committed to doing it again this year!

“Brush up your Poetry: a Recitation Workshop for NH Poetry Out Loud Champions” will take place at Holderness School in Holderness, NH (near Plymouth), from 2PM to 5PM on Sunday, February 23rd (snow date, Saturday, February 22nd—strange, but true). We have lined up some wonderful workshop leaders(including Rodger Martin, Jason Lambert, and NH Poet Laureate Alice Fogel!) and will provide light refreshments. Parents who drive their kids to Holderness can take advantage of shopping and caf├ęs in nearby Plymouth. Teachers who attend are welcome to observe workshop sessions.

We’ll send out more information to each of our participating schools, but we hope you’ll put the date on your calendar right away! See you there!