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National Finals

March 23, 2020

National Finals Cancelled Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Federal Guidelines to slow the spread of the Coronavirus-19 require avoiding social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people, and avoiding discretionary travel for the foreseeable future. Out of care for the health and safety of students, parents, and everyone involved in Poetry Out Loud, the National Finals Competition scheduled for April 27 – 29th in Washington D.C. is cancelled.

The Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts understand that many people have committed long hours preparing for the POL Finals Competition, and we share in your disappointment. In the weeks to come, we will explore ways to honor the achievements of the 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Champions.

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State Finals

Information on the time, date, and location of State Finals will be updated as more competitions are scheduled and planned. Find your state’s Poetry Out Loud coordinator here.

State/TerritoryDateLocationWinner & School
AlabamaMarch 2Alabama Shakespeare FestivalKatarina Agnew, New Century Technology HS
AlaskaMarch 12Asya Gipson, West Anchorage HS
ArizonaMarch 7Burton Barr Central LibrarySylvia Dale, Ganado HS
ArkansasMarch 14Ron Robinson Theater
CaliforniaMarch 15-16Sunday: Tsakopoulos Library Galleria
Monday: CA State Capitol
Eden Getahun, CK McClatchy HS
ColoradoMarch 3Lakewood Cultural CenterKiya Cockrell, Fountain Valley School of CO
ConnecticutMarch 14
DelawareFebruary 25 Camille Decker, Sanford School
District of ColumbiaMarch 11 200 I Street, SE, Suite 1400, Washington, DC 20003 Kayla Park, Washington Latin PCS
FloridaFebruary 29University of South FloridaZhaedyn Hodge Sigars, Howard W Blake HS
GeorgiaMarch 15Atlanta History Center
HawaiiMarch 1Tenney TheatreErisan Awaya, Mid-Pacific Institute
IdahoMarch 7Kieran Ellis, Kuna HS
IllinoisMarch 2Hoogland Center for the ArtsCharles Hsu, Deerfield HS
IndianaFebruary 15Dalia Elkhatib, Franklin Central HS
IowaMarch 8Amya Thornton, Holmes Jr High
KansasFebruary 29Salina South HS Santiago Vasquez, Salina South HS
KentuckyMarch 3Grand TheatreSkye Kozloski, Allen County Scottsville HS
LouisianaMarch 7Capitol Park MuseumJacob Simmons, Covington HS
MaineMarch 2Ella Shaffer, Rangeley Lakes Regional School
MarylandMarch 7Center StageRandolph Smith, Concordia Preparatory HS
MassachusettsMarch 8Old South Meeting HouseAnya Barrett, Worcester Technical HS
MichiganMarch 13-14Crowne Plaza
MinnesotaFebruary 25Minnesota State UniversityJay Mackbee, Minneapolis Washburn HS
MississippiFebruary 27MPB StudiosMorgan Love, Mississippi School of the Arts
MissouriMarch 12Harry S. Truman State Office BuildingMary Margaret Hughes, Central HS
MontanaMarch 7Grandstreet TheatreIsabella Shinn, Flathead HS
NebraskaMarch 8Sheldon Museum of ArtJuan De La Cruz, Gordon-Rushville HS
NevadaMarch 14Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
New HampshireMarch 13NH State HouseSydney Kilgore, Concord HS
New JerseyMarch 17New Brunswick Performing Arts Center
New MexicoMarch 8New Mexico Museum of ArtZoe Callan, Native American Community Academy
New YorkMarch 7FIT UniversityZaida Rio Polanco, White Plains HS
North CarolinaFebruary 22Triad StageMarrianna Flores, Atkins HS
North DakotaFebruary 24ND Heritage Center & State MuseumMaria Kalb, St. Mary’s Central HS
OhioMarch 6King Arts ComplexAustin Smith, Bexley HS
OklahomaMarch 5University of Central OklahomaPiper Lloyd, Bethany HS
OregonMarch 13
PennsylvaniaMarch 9State MuseumSteven File, York Suburban HS
Puerto RicoMarch 13Francisco Arrivi Theater
Rhode IslandMarch 8RISD Museum of ArtNayeli Santana Vazquez
South CarolinaMarch 14Richland Library, Main Branch
South DakotaMarch 16
TennesseeMarch 13-14Tennessee State Museum
TexasFebruary 22Bullock Texas State History MuseumElizabeth Barnes, Saint Constantine School
UtahMarch 11Westminster CollegeOlivia Slaughter, Salt Lake Center for Science Education
VermontMarch 16Vermont PBS Studios
Virgin IslandsMarch 14Little TheaterAngelica Sterling, St Thomas/St John Seventh Day Adventist School
VirginiaMarch 13VPM PBS Richmond Katherine Nguyen, Colonial Forge HS
WashingtonMarch 7Tacoma Museum of GlassJordan Mattox, Mead HS
West VirginiaMarch 13-14Norman L. Fagan State Theater
WisconsinMarch 7 UW-Madison Pyle Center Daeja Loew, Altoona HS
WyomingMarch 2Cheyenne Civic CenterAbbi Wingfield, Thunder Basin HS