The Connecticut Office of the Arts in partnership with Connecticut Humanities present the 11th 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. In the 2014‐2015 school year, more than 6,700 students participated in Poetry Out Loud statewide.
Connecticut high schools may participate in classroom and school-wide poetry contests during the 2015-16 academic year, with the winners advancing to a state competition on March 15, 2016. The Connecticut State Champion will advance to the National Finals, which will take place May 2-4, 2016, in Washington, D.C.