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Poetry Out Loud competitions at the local, regional, and state levels may be held virtually or in person. For organizers administering a virtual competition, please reference the How To Administer a Poetry Out Loud Virtual Competition and How to Film a POL Recitation for a Virtual Competition documents. State finals will take place in February and March 2024. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be held in Washington, DC from April 30 to May 2, 2024. For more information on holding competitions, please visit the Organizing a Competition page.

The 2024 Poetry Out Loud National Semifinals will take place on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

State Finals

State/Territory Date Winner & School/Org
Alabama March 6, 2024 Emily Biaz- Auburn High School
Alaska March 11, 2024 Mona Koko- West Anchorage High School
American Samoa March 15, 2024 Hazel Leo- Iakina Adventist Academy
Arizona March 2, 2024 Isabel Teran- Sahuarita High School
Arkansas March 2, 2024 Tucker Dowler- Sheridan High School
California March 16, 2024 Riley O’Hara- Sonoma Valley High School
Colorado March 11, 2024 Rize Simmons- Windsor High School
Connecticut March 1, 2024 Emma Frisbie- East Lyme High School
Delaware February 29, 2024 Maiss Hussein- Paul M. Hodgson High School
District of Columbia March 17, 2024 Nyla Dinkins- Benjamin Banneker High School
Florida March 2, 2024 Niveah Glover- Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
Georgia March 8, 2024 Tiana Jones- Whitefield Academy
Guam March 9, 2024 Nikolette Jade Salas- Tiyan High School
Hawaii February 25, 2024 Jordyn Imig- Hanalani Schools
Idaho March 16, 2024 Emma Eldred- New Plymouth High School
Illinois March 11, 2024 Yohanna Endashaw- Niles West High School
Indiana March 2, 2024 Aalihya Banks- Pike High School
Iowa March 3, 2024 Andrew Cusmano- Waterloo West High School
Kansas March 2, 2024 Victoria Jelks- Horton High School
Kentucky March 14, 2024 Lexie Wilson- Williamstown High School
Louisiana March 7, 2024 Grisham Locke- Ruston Cultural District
Maine March 11, 2024 Lyra Legawiec- Mt. Ararat High School
Maryland March 16, 2024 Madison Harris- Indian Creek School
Massachusetts March 10, 2024 Ailin Sha- Boston Latin School
Michigan March 9, 2024 Paige Cook- Interlochen Arts Academy
Minnesota March 1, 2024 Ariana Kimball- Washburn High School
Mississippi March 7, 2024 Malisha Taylor- Pacagoula High School
Missouri March 7, 2024 Julie Clayton- Nerinx High School
Montana March 2, 2024 Molly Ogan- Butte High School
Nebraska March 9, 2024 Elizabeth Buescher- Marian High School
Nevada March 9, 2024 Rayann Hijazi- Coral Academy of Science High School
New Hampshire March 15, 2024 Morgan Cole- Portsmouth High School
New Jersey March 14, 2024 Lucas Wilson- Red Bank Regional High School
New Mexico March 3, 2024 Kaitlyn Lubega- UWC-USA
New York March 9, 2024 Emily Wang- Horace Mann School
North Carolina February 24, 2024 Richmond Parris- UNC School of the Arts
North Dakota February 26, 2024 Circe Atkinson- Mandan High School
Ohio February 9, 2024 Amanda Braig- McNicholas High School
Oklahoma March 6, 2024 Alissa Rodgers- Lawton High School
Oregon March 9, 2024 Katie Lineburg- St. Stephens Academy
Pennsylvania March 4, 2024 Sulette Lange- Hazleton Area Arts & Humanities Academy
Puerto Rico March 8, 2024 Amir Trinidad-Vidal- Saint John’s School
Rhode Island March 10, 2024 Jennifer Shon- Portsmouth Abbey School
South Carolina March 9, 2024 Jessie Leitzel- Charleston County School of the Arts
South Dakota March 18, 2024 Grace Powell- Dakota Valley High School
Tennessee March 2, 2024 Charlotte Bollschweiler- Clayton-Bradley Academy
Texas February 24, 2024 Oluwabori Fadairo- The Hockaday School
Utah March 13, 2024 Anni Willes- Waterford School
Vermont March 14, 2024 Greer Kennedy- St. Johnsbury Academy
Virgin Islands March 9, 2024 Isabella Thill- Antilles School
Virginia March 8, 2024 Milla Hartford- Deep Run High School
Washington March 9, 2024 Blaze Rowan- Olympia High School
West Virginia March 9, 2024 Willow Peyton- St. Marys High School
Wisconsin March 9, 2024 Riley Saenim- The Prairie School
Wyoming February 26, 2024 Elora Nation- Natrona County Library

Find your state’s Poetry Out Loud coordinator here.