Poetry Out Loud is a spoken-word competition that aims to encourage high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. Poetry Out Loud curriculum materials include print and online poetry anthologies, a teacher’s guide to help instructors teach recitation and performance, an audio CD featuring distinguished actors and writers, promotional and media guides, and a comprehensive Website. Iowa’s Poetry Out Loud winner is awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to the national contest in Washington, DC. Iowa Poetry Out Loud is organized by the Iowa Arts Council.