Los Angeles County Poetry Out Loud

A Recitation Competition for High Schoolers

 

The Los Angeles County Poetry Out Loud competition is an annual recitation of classical poetry by high school students. Qualified contestants compete at an annual event held at a prominent entertainment venue in Los Angeles County.

The winner of the L.A. County Poetry Out Loud advances to the California State contest held in Sacramento each March to compete for a spot in the National Poetry Out Loud finals that take place in Washington, D.C. in May.

For further information and an entry form, go to Poetry Out Loud 2017

Watch the winning performance at the left. To read the story, go to the announcement here.
Meet the Winners
Mira Costa High School student tops Poetry Out LoudMira Costa High School student tops Poetry Out Loud
Miriam Sachs won the 9th Annual L.A. County Poetry Out Loud competition held Feb. 4 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Sachs attends Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach Unified School District....Read more
2015 Winner to Compete at State2015 Winner to Compete at State
Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poem "Queens Cemetery, Setting Sun" clinched the top spot for Aaron Rubanowitz in the 8th Annual L.A. County Poetry Out Loud competition held Feb. 5 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts....Read more
2014 Poetry Out Loud Winner2014 Poetry Out Loud Winner
The top spot was awarded to Alexander Luu, from San Gabriel High School in the Alhambra Unified School District. The event featured twenty competitors standing and reciting two poems each. Luu went on to represent Los Angeles County at the state finals....Read more
2013 Poetry Out Loud Winner Will Go to State Finals2013 Poetry Out Loud Winner Will Go to State Finals
At the L.A. County Poetry Out Loud contest Feb. 6, 2013 at The Actors Gang Theatre in Culver City, runner-up Jesie Amaya (left) of Montebello High School and winner Yanelli Soriano of Marshall Fundamental High School in Pasadena....Read more
Teens Stand and Deliver at 2012 Poetry ContestTeens Stand and Deliver at 2012 Poetry Contest
The winner was Calvin Lam, a senior from San Gabriel High School in Alhambra.  He recited “Candles” by Carl Dennis and “Ego” by Denise Duhamel. Among the contestants was Hannah Seymour, an 11th-grader from one of LACOE’s specialized high schools....Read more
Find Out More About the National Poetry Out Loud Contest
Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states...Read more