General Information

OC RYSE is the only performance poetry competition featuring teams of students from high schools across Orange County. The goal of OC RYSE is to increase the exposure of poetry to a general public audience by featuring the engaging, dynamic performances of talented local young poets.

In the competition, student performers first choose a classic poem to dramatically recite. Second, students craft and perform an original response poem that echoes elements of the classic choice. This synthesis of academics and artistry promises audiences a stimulating exploration of poetry’s broad power.

Two teams of up to 7 members per school may register for OC RYSE. Home school teams, after school clubs, & similar organizations can compete as long as they adhere to all the rules for traditional schools. For a 3-minute video overview with excerpts of performances, click here or the link below. 

New this year: Individual Performer Category!

Winner's Workshop with Phil Kaye

Winner's Workshop with Phil Kaye

Phil Kaye is a Japanese-American poet and co-founder of Project VOICE. His work has been featured in settings ranging from The New Yorker to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and has been viewed millions of times online. He has performed his original work in 20 countries and was invited to open for His Holiness The Dalai Lama for the celebration of his 80th birthday. A former teacher of weekly poetry workshops in maximum security prisons, he was the head coordinator of Space in Prisons for the Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE). Kaye is a National Poetry Slam finalist, and his book, Date & Time, was published in 2018 by Button Poetry.



Contact Josh Wood at or 714.560.0900 ext. 6985.