Nashville musician and American Idol contestant, Carly Moffa to perform at Poetry Out Loud 2020

AMERICAN IDOL – Coverage. (ABC/Mark Levine)

From Ann Brown, Director of Arts Education –

We are so excited to welcome musician Carly Moffa to the 2020 TN Poetry Out Loud Competition on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the TN State Museum. Hailing from a small New Jersey town, Carly Moffa’s music is chiseling out of her generation. “Moffa’s voice is an unspoiled threat to all those who have to use autotune…” –Upper Darby Sentinel News. Her 2018 “Let the Lion Out” original was dedicated to her mother and earned her a place in the top 50 of ABC’s American Idol. Recently, Carly collaborated with Ray Mamrak, of Silver Linings Playbook, on a music video for her new song “Harbor”, partnering with the National MS Foundation to raise awareness. “She captivated those in the audience with her refreshing, untainted voice. You may not know Carly yet, but you will”The Examiner.

The 2020 Tennessee Poetry Out Loud  (POL) Contest will be held at the Tennessee State Museum on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The contest begins at 10:00 a.m. CST and is free and open to the public.

Learn more about Carly on socials @carlymoffa or

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Similar to the National Spelling Bee, the competition begins at the classroom level as participating teachers use the Poetry Out Loud toolkit to teach poetry recitation and run classroom competitions. Students select, memorize and recite poems from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems.

Each school champion competes in the State competition, where the winner will receive $1,000, as well as a trip with their teacher to represent Tennessee in Washington D.C. at the National Poetry Out Loud Finals. The winning student of the National Finals will receive $20,000, an honor received by a Tennessee student in 2014.

Sponsors of POL include the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.