SUNY To Host "Poetry Out Loud" Competition Statewide

January 27, 2014

Albany — The State University of New York is partnering with the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts to facilitate New York State's Poetry Out Loud Contest, which is held simultaneously in states across the nation and in countries world-wide.

SUNY campuses will host regional competitions for high school students beginning next week, and the State Finals will be held at SUNY System Administration in Albany, in March.

“SUNY campuses are ideal settings for community events like this, and we are thrilled to be opening up our facilities and providing an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to volunteer as part of this spirited competition,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Poetry Out Loud is a valuable and enriching experience for all involved and an important component of SUNY's K-12 partnerships and Vibrant Communities initiative. Thank you to our partners and volunteers across the state, and best of luck to the competitors.”

“NYSCA is grateful for the support of SUNY and a host of other partners to sponsor New York State's Poetry Out Loud Contest,” said Aby Rosen, New York State Council on the Arts Chair. “This program is a shining example of an exciting participatory learning event for high school students and a successful collaborative project model. We wish all the competitors luck and let's hope New York State's winner triumphs at the national finals held in Washington, DC.”

The competition schedule, which is free and open to the public, is as follows:

Long Island Region
Stony Brook University
Feb. 3, 6 p.m.

Mohawk Valley Region
SUNY Oneonta
Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m.

Western Region
Niagara Community College
Feb. 5, 6-8 p.m.

Mid-Hudson Region
SUNY New Paltz
Feb. 6, 6-9 p.m.

Southern Tier Region
Binghamton University
Feb. 7, 1-3 p.m.

Capital Region
SUNY Cobleskill
Feb. 10, 6-8 p.m.

Central Region
Onondaga Community College
Feb. 11, 6-8 p.m.

New York City Region
Fashion Institute of Technology
Feb. 12, 6- 8 p.m.

Finger Lakes Region
SUNY Brockport
Feb. 24, 6-9 p.m.

North Country Region
Clinton Community College
Feb. 25, 3-5 p.m.

State Finals
SUNY System Administration
March 4, 1-3 p.m.

About the State University of New York

The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 463,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs, and more than 1.8 million NYS citizens in professional development and personal enrichment programs, on 64 college and university campuses. There are nearly 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit



About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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