National Finals

The 2018 National Finals will be held April 23-25, 2018 at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. The semifinals and finals will be webcast live.

Tuesday, April 24 - Semifinals - Lisner Auditorium

Semifinals are free and open to all to attend. No tickets required.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Semifinal: Region 1

East Central and Northeast

DC, CT, MA, NY, SC, OH, VI, NJ, VA, DE, NH, WV, RI, NC, MD, VT, ME, PA

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Semifinal: Region 2

Midwest and South Central

MO, OK, GA, AL, IA, WI, IN, KS, AR, TN, IL, KY, MI, MS, LA, FL, NE, PR

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Semifinal: Region 3

Upper Northwest and West

SD, MN, CA, CO, NV, ID, AK, AZ, NM, HI, TX, WA, UT, OR, WY, MT, ND

Please Note: The recitation order within each region is determined by a random process. The random recitation order will be honored for all three rounds of competition at the semifinals.

Wednesday, April 25 - National Finals

Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. National Finals at Lisner Auditorium


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What People are Saying

"I have always loved poetry, but through Poetry Out Loud I have learned a greater respect for all different types of poetry. This competition is so much more than memorizing and reciting a poem; I became very invested in each one of my poems."
Janessa Gould
2017 WI POL Champion