An annual element of our Arts in Education programming is Poetry Out Loud. The Perry County Council of the Arts has administered a regional level competition of Poetry Out Loud since 2008.

This year’s regional competition was held on January 24 at 10 a.m. at Landis House, 67 N. Fourth Street, Newport.


Returning PCCA Poetry Out Loud regional winner Nicholas Jacobson’s strong performance and preparation earned him a finalist spot the POL 2018 state competition at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. Thank you to Lewisburg Area High staff, administration and students who comprised today’s biggest cheering squad!



More than 2.4 million high school students from more than 4,000 high schools across the United States have discovered the magic of beautiful language through Poetry Out Loud. Over the past ten years, more than 100,000 high school students from 320 in Pennsylvania have participated in Poetry Out Loud. In 2017, 7,000 students from 108 high schools across the commonwealth participated in the annual contest.

Poetry Out Loud starts at the classroom level, with winners advancing to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals. Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.

Judges for the state and regional finals include performers, poets and cultural and business leaders from across the state. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) sponsors the statewide competition along with its regional partners and arts organizations.

Poetry Out Loud is part of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA)’s ongoing efforts to foster educational excellence for Pennsylvania’s students through participation in the creative process.

Visit the Poetry Out Loud website for more details: