Arts Education Poetry Out Loud Poetry Out Loud RI is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. In Rhode Island, starting in the fall, high schools hold competitions to select a school champion, who will compete at the state level usually in March. In the spring, the state champion competes with other state champions in Washington, D.C. Funded by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, RISCA acts as the state sponsor and facilitator. 2023 Poetry Out Loud RI Champion Congratulations to Natasha Connolly, R.I.'s Poetry Out Loud Champion and a 2023 Youth Poet Ambassador. Connolly, a junior at Classical High School, competed in the national Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington D.C. where she won a companion competition to Poetry Out Loud for her written original poem, Birdfolk at the End of the World.