National Finals

The 2019 National Finals will be held April 30-May 1, 2019 at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. Check back closer to the date for more information.

Tuesday, April 30 - 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


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

Midwest and South Central


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

Upper Northwest and West


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, May 1 - National Finals

Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

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


FOLLOW: Poetry Out Loud is on Twitter at @PoetryOutLoud and @NEAarts, #POL19.


Schools interested in Poetry Out Loud contest should contact their state arts agency.


What People are Saying

"Though I have always had an immense love and appreciation for poetry, particularly spoken word poetry, it was not until I was given the opportunity to go on stage and actually deliver the words of others that I was able to comprehend the real impact of this art."
Iman Dancy
2017 NC POL Champion