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Poetry Out Loud is a contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, this program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. In 2006, the program launched nationwide in high schools across the country, with Poetry Out Loud free curriculum materials available that include the online poetry anthology, a comprehensive teacher’s guide, a DVD of National Finals performances, lesson plans and guides. Now millions of students start at the classroom level to compete for their spot in the National Finals held in Washington, D.C., where awards and school stipends are presented to winners of the competition.