In the fall of 2021, the Academy of American Poets, the originator and organizer of National Poetry Month, invited students in grades 9 through 12 to enter artwork to be considered for the official April 2022 National Poetry Month poster.

The winning student, to be determined by Nikki Grimes, New York Times-bestselling author and poet and Rafael López, New York Times-bestselling illustrator, will have their artwork featured on 100,000 posters that will be distributed for free to schools, libraries, bookstores, and families nationwide for the April 2022 celebration of National Poetry Month. 

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce the thirteen finalists of the 2022 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students. 170 high school students from across the country responded to an open call for submissions, and thirteen students from seven different states have been named finalists. Thanks again to everyone who submitted!

The finalists’ artwork, which features an excerpt from “In This Place (An American Lyric)” by Amanda Gorman, is shown below alongside the artist statements the students have provided about their work.