On March 15, 2022, Oscar Landa Samano of Coconino High School in Flagstaff won the title of State Champion at the 2022 Arizona Poetry Out Loud state finals. Oscar will now advance to the final stage of this national poetry recitation competition, representing the State of Arizona at the National Finals!

This year, the national finals, like our own state finals will be conducted virtually.

Semi-finals will be streamed online at 3:00 pm (AZ) on May 1, 2022, on the National Endowment for the Arts website.

Use the form below to share a message of congratulations with Oscar and we’ll pass it along!

  • If relevant/applicable, please provide your title and/or primary affiliation. Eg, "Professor of Creative Writing, Arizona State University" or "Vice President, Arizona Poetry Recitation Society"
  • The email address you provide will only be used to communicate with you in regards to the 2022 Poetry Out Loud National Finals and will not be shared with any other parties.

Watch Oscar recite “Spanglish” by Tato Laviera at the Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals below!