Poetry Out Loud

Annual Youth Poetry Competition

Hosted by founder and CEO Garland Thompson Jr.

Watch it live here Saturday February 6th 2021at 1 pm PST

Who will be the next Monterey County Poetry Out Loud Champion?


Find out on Saturday, February 6th, 2021 at 1:00pm by joining our free live virtual event via YouTube and Facebook. This year, the high school students of Alisal High School, Gonzales High School, Pacific Grove High School, Rancho San Juan High School, Soledad High School and York School will be showcased in their final competition before going on to the state level.


Garland Thompson, Jr., Master of Ceremonies, will host the virtual event with a special poetry performance by local poet & professor Daniel Summerhill. 


Poetry Out Loud, presented in partnership with the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry—both classic and contemporary—through memorization, performance, and competition.   


For further information, please contact Karyn Lee-Garcia, Programs Director, at karyn@arts4mc.org.

Screen Shot 2021-01-30 at 4.56.46 PM.png
Screen Shot 2021-01-30 at 5.03.01 PM.png
Screen Shot 2021-01-28 at 3.52.48 PM.png
Screen Shot 2021-01-28 at 3.54.51 PM.png