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.


On February 1, 2017, Perry County Council of the Arts hosted a Poetry Out Loud regional competition at Landis House.

Lewisburg Area High School Sophomore Nicholas Jacobson earned the title of Regional Champ for his strong recitations of “Please Don’t” by Tony Hoagland, “The Conqueror Worm” by Edgar Allan Poe and “The Lamb” by Linda Gregg.

Nicholas competed at the State Competition on Monday, March 6 at 9 a.m. at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.


Schools and students from Perry, Juniata, Mifflin, Huntingdon, Snyder, Union and Northumberland are eligible to complete but must register prior. This event is free open to the public.

In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and U.S. state arts agencies, Poetry Out Loud encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. In its 11th year, the national poetry recitation contest helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

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. Please visit for more information on the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.

Visit the Poetry Out Loud website for more details: