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National Finals Cancelled Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Federal Guidelines to slow the spread of the Coronavirus-19 require avoiding social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people, and avoiding discretionary travel for the foreseeable future.  Out of care for the health and safety of students, parents, and everyone involved in Poetry Out Loud, the National Finals Competition scheduled for April 27 – 29th in Washington D.C. is cancelled. 

The Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts understand that many people have committed long hours preparing for the POL Finals Competition, and we share in your disappointment.  In the weeks to come, we will explore ways to honor the achievements of the 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Champions.

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