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 Finals

Mia Ronn's sheer excitement at being declared 2022 POL winner

2022 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Mia Ronn. Photo by 5:00 Films & Media

Congratulations to Mia Ronn from the Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, California, the 2022 Poetry Out Loud National Champion!

  • 2nd Place Winner—Aidyn Lorin Jai Reid, Fountain Valley School of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 3rd Place winner— Oscar Manuel Landa Samano, Coconino High School in Flagstaff, Arizona

Read more about the national finals in the NEA’s newsroom.

You can watch poetry recitations by all nine of the national finalists on the NEA's YouTube channel and read more about the 55 state and jurisdictional champions in the program book.

The NEA is also 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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