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The 2023 Poetry Out Loud National Finals are planned to be held May 8-10th in Washington, DC. The NEA and Poetry Foundation are committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of participants and attendees. We monitor local community health information and update our practices to align with CDC and Safer Federal Workforce guidance as appropriate.

State Finals

Find your state’s Poetry Out Loud coordinator here.

State/Territory Date Winner & School/Org
Alabama March 3, 2023
Alaska March 20, 2023
American Samoa March 17, 2023
Arizona March 11, 2023
Arkansas March 11, 2023
California March 19-20, 2023
Colorado March 1, 2023
Connecticut March 11, 2023
Delaware March 2, 2023
District of Columbia March 12, 2023
Florida March 11, 2023
Georgia March 14, 2023
Guam March 11, 2023
Hawaii February 26, 2023
Idaho March 18, 2023
Illinois March 13, 2023
Indiana March 4, 2023
Iowa March 5, 2023
Kansas March 11, 2023
Kentucky March 1, 2023
Louisiana March 4, 2023
Maine March 2, 2023
Maryland March 18, 2023
Massachusetts March 12, 2023
Michigan March 3-4, 2023
Minnesota February 24, 2023
Mississippi March 9, 2023
Missouri March 9, 2023
Montana March 11, 2023
Nebraska March 12, 2023
Nevada March 11, 2023
New Hampshire March 17, 2023
New Jersey March 6, 2023
New Mexico March 5, 2023
New York March 11, 2023
North Carolina February 25, 2023
North Dakota February 27, 2023
Ohio March 10, 2023
Oklahoma March 7, 2023
Oregon March 11, 2023
Pennsylvania March 13, 2023
Puerto Rico March 10, 2023
Rhode Island March 12, 2023
South Carolina March 4, 2023
South Dakota March 20, 2023
Tennessee March 4, 2023
Texas March 11, 2023
Utah March 15, 2023
Vermont March 16, 2023
Virgin Islands March 11, 2023
Virginia March 10, 2023
Washington March 11, 2023
West Virginia March 11, 2023
Wisconsin March 4, 2023
Wyoming March 6, 2023