Poetry Out Loud

“In the end, being sincere and true to yourself is what people in the theatre -and everywhere- crave to see in a performance.” ~ Lily Bogas, 2019 California Poetry Out Loud Champion

Poetry Out Loud County Competition is on February 1, 2020 at 4pm at the AmadorArts Council!

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California Poetry Out Loud


2019 Amador County Poetry Out Loud Champion, Noah Bunting
2019 Amador Poet Laureate, elder Kat Everitt, a local poet and performance artist

Poetry Out Loud County Competition is on February 1, 2020 at 4pm at the AmadorArts Council!



2019 Poetry Out Loud Championship

Seven students from Amador County recently competed in the Poetry Out Loud County Final competition, which was held at Jackson Library in the evening of Monday, February 11. After judging was completed, it was announced that Noah Bunting resident of Sutter Creek and from Amador High School, is the Amador County Poetry Out Loud winner.

Bunting, along with parent/guardian, will now proceed with expenses paid to compete in the California Poetry Out Loud State Finals to be held in Sacramento on March 10 and 11. California proudly holds court as home to the largest Poetry Out Loud competition in the country, growing steadily since its start in 2005.  The state champion receives:

  • $200 cash prize and an all-expense-paid trip to the National Finals Washington, D.C. and the opportunity to receive college scholarship funds
  • $500 for their school to purchase literary materials

This year’s Amador competitors received many weeks of tutoring from local professional artists in the poetry and performance fields, including Amador Poet Laureate Kat Everitt and Cal Fullerton graduate and Amador High alumna Christina Morris (’13). The highlight of the evening included amazing recitations by six students from Pioneer Elementary, the local Visual and Performing Arts magnet school. Judges were local arts education leaders: Amador County Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Slavensky, School Board President Susan Ross, Visual and Performing Arts Principal of Pioneer Elementary Laurie Carson, and AmadorArts Education Director Sue Lagomarsino. Previous County winners were Conor Broderick and Hailey Dacier, both from of Amador High School.

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is an extraordinary opportunity for high school students to learn great poetry, perform it, and win prizes. POL is a free program in which students learn through poetry memorization and recitation. It helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and better understand literary history and contemporary life.

This is the third year that Amador County has participated in Poetry Out Loud, organized by AmadorArts because of its importance in Arts Education. Nearly every county in the state participates and receives funding from the California Arts Council, a State Agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts to facilitate the program.

Poetry Out Loud starts through the English Depts. at Amador, Argonaut, and Independence High Schools and through the Drama Depts. at Argonaut and Amador High Schools. Meghan O’Keefe of AmadorArts thanks the involvement of administrators and teachers at the three high schools and at the school district for continuing this valued program. The AmadorArts phone is 209-256-8166 or amadorarts@gmail.com


AmadorArts is proud to bring Poetry Out Loud to Amador County High Schools.

Students from all over California compete in Sacramento for the State POL Championship.

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is an extraordinary opportunity for high school students to learn great poetry, perform it, and win prizes—including a trip to Washington D.C. for the California State Champion to compete in the national finals. POL is a free program that helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage and compete for college scholarship funding.

The structure of Poetry Out Loud is similar to a spelling bee. This annual program starts in the fall with high school teachers using the free Poetry Out Loud teacher toolkit and related materials to teach poetry recitation and run classroom competitions. Poetry Out Loud does not require full class periods and can be completed in 2-3 weeks. Resources are available at www.poetryoutloud.org.

Following a pyramid structure, classroom winners advance to a school-wide competition. Each school’s champion then competes at the county level by mid-February, and county winners are treated to an unforgettable 2 days at the California Poetry Out Loud State Finals in Sacramento.

The State Finals competition selects one winner to represent California in the national competition. The California State winner receives $200 cash prize and an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. Plus, their school receives $500 to purchase literary materials.

Noah Bunting, county POL winner from Amador High,
represented Amador County at the State Poetry Out Loud competition
in Sacramento on March 10 and 11, 2019.

Noah was one of 15 to make it to the final round.