SUNY To Host Statewide “Poetry Out Loud” Competition

February 12, 2015

Albany – The State University of New York will again partner with the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts to facilitate New York’s Poetry Out Loud Contest, which is held simultaneously in states across the nation and in countries world-wide. More than 12,000 students participated in last year’s competition.

SUNY campuses will host regional recitation competitions for high school students. The State Finals will be held at Onondaga Community College March 9. 

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

Mid-Hudson Region
SUNY New Paltz
Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. 

Capital Region
SUNY System Administration
Feb 13, 1-4 p.m.

North Country Region
Clinton Community College
Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m.

Mid-Hudson Region
SUNY Purchase
Feb 25, 6-8 p.m.

Long Island Region
SUNY Farmingdale
Feb. 27, 6-8 p.m.  

Snow Date

Mohawk Valley Region
SUNY Oneonta
March 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Snow Date

Finger Lakes Region
SUNY Brockport
March 3, 6-8 p.m.

State Final     

Central Region
Onondaga Community College
March 9, 1-4 p.m.             

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, 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 2022, 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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