How Can Schools Get Involved in Poetry Out Loud?

Public and private high schools in Minnesota are welcome and encouraged to get involved with Poetry Out Loud. Besides being a fun and challenging learning experience, the program satisfies many language arts standards across the state.

If your school decides to participate, you’ll receive free curriculum materials for the classroom, including poetry anthologies, a program guide, and access to video clips of actors, writers, and other POL students reading poems.

The teacher’s guide includes materials and tips for integrating the program into the classroom. There are also tools for helping students with memorization and performance techniques, and optional lessons so students have the opportunity to read, discuss, and even write their own poems. Satisfying more than half of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) English language arts standards, the Poetry Out Loud program can be completed over a two or three week period, fitting nicely into a teacher’s already busy schedule.

Three Easy Ways to Sign Up!

Online: Click “register” and fill out the form: Register Your School

By Phone: Call the Loft’s Education office at 612-379-8999 during office hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday) and say that you’re interested in registering your school for Poetry Out Loud.

In Person: Drop by Open Book during regular Loft office hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday). Education staff can help your school register. Appointments are also available.

The Loft Literary Center
Attention: Education 
Open Book, Suite 200
1011 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Questions about Poetry Out Loud? Please contact Melissa Wray, Outreach & Partnership Sales Manager, at 612-215-2564 or