Teenagers from every state on state for a poetry recitation contest.

Poetry Out Loud

A partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the state arts agencies, Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Since the program began in 2005, more than 4.1 million students and 68,000 teachers from 17,000 schools across the country have participated in Poetry Out Loud. Visit poetryoutloud.org for more information. If you are interested in participating in the official program, please contact your state arts agency.

2022 Poetry Out Loud National Semifinals & Finals

Poetry Out Loud National Semifinals: Sunday, May 1, 2022

Fifty-five state and jurisdictional finalists—one from each state, American Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—competed in one of three Poetry Out Loud national semifinals on May 1st. From those semifinals, nine students will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on June 5. Program booklet.

National Semifinals Results:

Region 1 Finalists:
Gabriella Burwell (North Carolina)
Mario Grugan (Pennsylvania)
Pamela White (New York)

Region 1 Honorable Mention:
Morgan Sprouse (West Virginia)

Region 2 Finalists:
Kendall Grimes (Tennessee)
Jacob Simmons (Louisiana)
Alexandra Rose Zaleski (Nebraska)

Region 2 Honorable Mention:
Niveah Glover (Florida)

Region 3 Finalists:
Aidyn Lorin Jai Reid (Colorado)
Mia Ronn (California)
Oscar Manuel Landa Samano (Arizona)

Region 3 Honorable Mention:
Eakjot Kaur Sekhon (Nevada)

Poetry Out Loud National Finals: Sunday, June 5 at 7:00 pm ET

Hosted by poet, educator, publisher, and New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander, the national finals will feature recitations and interviews with the top nine finalists, culminating with the live announcement of the 2022 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. The competition will be available to watch through a one-time-only webcast on this page on Sunday, June 5, 2022, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. CT / 4:00 p.m. PT.

More information in the News section.

The NEA is pleased to announce the 2022 winners of Poetry Ourselves, a companion competition open to the Poetry Out Loud state and jurisdictional champions to highlight their original poetry. Each champion had the opportunity to submit an original work of poetry in one of two categories—written or spoken—which were judged by poet Chen Chen. You can find more information and the winning poems in our press release.

Study on Impact of Poetry Out Loud

Line by Line: Transforming Student Lives and Learning with the Art of Poetry presents findings from an evaluation of Poetry Out Loud that involves data collection from ten sample schools assessing the program’s impact on  poetry appreciation and engagement, social and emotional development, and academic performance. A fact sheet summarizing the results is also available


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