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Poetry Out Loud

Note: The 2023 Poetry Out Loud state championship will be held remotely. We will announce the 2023 Pennsylvania Poetry Out Loud State Champion on March 13, 2023 at 12 p.m. EST. More details to follow.

About Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud (POL) encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. More than 4.1 million high school students from more than 17,000 high schools across the United States have discovered the magic of beautiful language through Poetry Out Loud.

The PCA collaborates with 14 regional partner organizations to administer regional competitions across the commonwealth.

Poetry Out Loud is part of the PCA's ongoing efforts to foster educational excellence for Pennsylvania's students through participation in the creative process. 

Poetry Out Loud was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the state arts agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. 

Pennsylvania's Poetry Out Loud Coordinator: Lindsay Huff | (412) 206-1070 | 

2022 Pennsylvania Poetry Out Loud state champion, Mario Grugan

2022 POL News and Results

The 2022 Pennsylvania Poetry Out Loud State (POL) Championship took place virtuall, due to adherence to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. PCA announced the 2022 PA POL champion and runner-up on March 14 via Facebook.

The 13 regional finalists were part of the 4,217 high school students who participated in the competition in 86 schools across the commonwealth. 

Mario Grugan, a senior from Tyrone Area School District in Huntingdon County is Pennsylvania's 2022 Poetry Out Loud state champion. Grugan will go on to represent Pennsylvania at the national finals, which begin on May 1, 2022.

Pennsylvania's 2022 Poetry Out Loud state runner-up is Julia Wirths, a junior from DuBois Area School District in Clearfield County.

Additional Information 

Judges for the state and regional finals include performers, poets and cultural and business leaders from across the state. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) sponsors the statewide competition along with its regional partners and arts organizations.