SUNY To Host Statewide “Poetry Out Loud” Competition

January 30, 2015

Albany – The State University of New York today announced that it 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.

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

“SUNY students, faculty, and staff across the state had a marvelous time volunteering for last year’s Poetry Out Loud contests and welcoming the community onto their campus for these dynamic events, and we are looking forward to doing it all over again,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Poetry Out Loud provides a valuable learning experience for all of the students who participate and SUNY is proud to be a part of the organization’s annual worldwide event.”

“After the unprecedented student participation in last year’s Poetry Out Loud competition we are proud to welcome even more students, from more schools, to this year’s event,” said Aby Rosen, Chair, New York State Council on the Arts. “A passion for the arts, and poetry specifically, is alive and thriving in high schools across the state. Best of luck to all the student competitors and we look forward to cheering on New York State’s winner at the national finals in Washington, DC.”   

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

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

Western New York
Erie Community College
Feb 3, 6-8 p.m.

New York City Region
Fashion Institute of Technology
Feb. 5, 6-8 p.m. 

Southern Tier Region
Binghamton University
Feb. 6, 4-8 p.m.

Finger Lakes Region
SUNY Brockport
Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m.

Central Region
Onondaga Community College
Feb. 10, 6-8 p.m. 

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
Stony Brook University
Feb. 26, 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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