2022 Poetry Out Loud Finalists
We are honored to have the 2022 Poetry Out Loud top three finalists invited to recite two poems each in front of fellow Utah creatives. Poetry Out Loud, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers across the nation by capitalizing on trends in poetry recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, the spoken word, and theatre into the English classroom. Through Poetry Out Loud, students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
1st Place Winner: Aeva Dye
Dixie High School, St. George
Runner-up: Jackson Shemwell
Juan Diego Catholic High School, Draper
3rd Place: Araxan Olivares
Judge Memorial Catholic High School, SLC