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Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest that celebrates the power of the spoken word and a mastery of public speaking skills while cultivating self-confidence and an appreciation of students’ literary heritage as they take poetry from the page to the stage. Poetry Out Loud has inspired hundreds of thousands of high school students to discover and appreciate both classic and contemporary poetry.


Poetry Out Loud in Massachusetts: History and Statistics

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2023 Top 3 State Winners

Tuala Sullivan, Jaden Riley, Ellis Iurilli-Hough

John D O’Bryant senior, Jaden Riley, was named our 2023 Poetry Out Loud State Champion. She will represent Massachusetts at the nationals in Washington D.C.

Placing second is Newburyport High School Senior, Tuala Sullivan.

Placing third is Melrose High School senior, Ellis Iurilli-Hough.

2022 Top 3 State Winners

Masconomet Regional High School junior Ava Beringer was named the 2022 Poetry Out Loud Massachusetts State Champion on Sunday, March 13, 2022.

Placing second was Lauren Lima, a junior from Dartmouth High School in Dartmouth.

Placing third was Irianny Solorin, who is a senior at Methuen High School.

Why participate in Massachusetts Poetry Out Loud?

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For more information on Poetry Out Loud, visit the official website at For information about the Massachusetts competition, please email the Education Department at


POETRY OUT LOUD helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.  By encouraging your students to study, memorize, and perform some of the most influential and timeless poems of the English language, you immerse them in powerful expression and provocative ideas.  Although many students may initially be nervous about reciting in front of their peers, the experience will prove invaluable — not only in school, but also in life.  Much of the future success of students will depend on how well they present themselves in public.  Public speaking is a skill people use every day on both the workplace and the community.”

— National Endowment for the Arts & The Poetry Foundation

Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, in partnership with the Mass Cultural Council and The Huntington.