The Connecticut Office of the Arts, in partnership with Connecticut Humanities, present the 12th annual Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. During the 2015-2016 school year, more than 7,000 students from a record 43 Connecticut high schools participated in Poetry Out Loud.
Connecticut high schools can participate in classroom and school-wide poetry contests during the 2016-17 academic year, with the winners advancing to a state competition on March 4, 2017, at Cheney Hall in Manchester. The Connecticut State Champion will advance to the National Finals, which will take place April 24-26, 2017, in Washington, D.C.