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National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation present: Poetry Out Loud - National Recitation Contest

Minnesota 2020 Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition

High school students from around Minnesota will compete in the 2020 Poetry Out Loud regional competition, February 3–10, 2020. Regional competitions begin at 2:30 p.m. and will end with an award ceremony at 7:30 p.m. These events are free and open to the public; all are welcome to attend and show support for the students.



Monday, February 3, 2020

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Central Lakes College

Minneapolis Central Library

Dryden Theatre

Pohlad Hall

501 West College Drive

300 Nicollet Mall

Brainerd, MN 56401

Minneapolis, MN  55401




Thursday, February 6, 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Southwest Minnesota State University–Marshall

Northfield Arts Guild Theater

Lower Conference Center

411 Third Street W

1501 State Street

Northfield, MN  55057

Marshall, MN  56258

Saint Paul Tentative Schedule

Monday, February 10, 2020

2:30-3:00 p.m. - Registration/Check-in

Neighborhood House at Wellstone Center

3:00-3:30 p.m. - Welcome/introductions

179 Robie Street East

3:30-4:30 p.m. - Round I

Saint Paul, MN 55107

4:30-4:45 p.m. - Judge Break


4:45-5:45 p.m. - Round II


5:45-6:00 p.m. - Judge Break


6:00-7:00 p.m. - Round III


7:00-7:15 p.m. - Tally Results


7:30 p.m. - Awards Presentation


7:45 p.m. - Close

Minnesota 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Competition

The state competition will be held 12:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m at:

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Tentative Schedule

Minnesota State University, Mankato

12:00-12:15 p.m. - Registration/Check-in

Centennial Student Union/Ostrander Auditorium

12:15-1:00 p.m. - Meet/Greet MSU English Professors

540 South Road

1:00-1:30 p.m. - Welcome/introductions

Mankato, MN 56001

1:30-2:30 p.m. - Round I


2:30-2:45 p.m. - Judge Break/Guest Presentation


2:45-3:45 p.m. - Round II


3:45-4:00 p.m. - Judge Break/Guest Presentation


4:00-5:00 p.m. - Round III


5:00-5:15 p.m. - Tally Results/Guest Presentation


5:30 p.m. - Awards Presentation


5:45 p.m. - Close

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national program created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. High school students throughout the country participate. Through it, they learn about great poetry through memorization and performance; they master public speaking skills and build self-confidence; and they learn about literary history and contemporary life. The program also helps schools meet language arts education standards.

In April, one student from each state will win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete for the national Poetry Out Loud championship. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be given at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, including a $20,000 award for the national champion, $10,000 for the student who wins second place, $5,000 for the third place winner, and $1,000 for fourth through ninth place winners. The schools of each of the top nine finalists receive $500 for the purchase of poetry materials.

Last year, Isabella Callery of Northfield represented Minnesota and won the 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Championship. She is the first Minnesotan to have earned this national title.

The South Central Service Cooperative, located in North Mankato, is coordinating the Minnesota Poetry Out Loud program, with financial support from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Since the program began in 2005, more than 3.8 million students and 60,000 teachers from 16,000 schools across the country have participated in Poetry Out Loud. Poetry Out Loud takes place in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands. More about the national Poetry Out Loud.

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