Holly Painter’s poetic adventures began in 2011 when she first competed on stage at a local poetry slam. Since that nervous initial performance, she has proven that your biggest fear can become your greatest passion, bringing her words to the ears and hearts of over seventy thousand people across the country.

Using performance poetry to uniquely speak on a variety of topics, Holly enthusiastically shares personal stories that engage audiences and connect people in remarkable and often unanticipated ways. Through exceptional storytelling and expert facilitation, Holly is able to reach even the most tentative participants, whether working with elementary school students or senior business leaders.

Holly is a former London school board and arts council Artist in Residence, Director of local and national poetry slam organizations, and TEDx speaker. She has worked in over 70 schools across 13 school boards and with over 60 community organizations. Holly is a tireless advocate of diversity and inclusion, arts education, and the power of personal story.


"Holly is one of the most riveting and authentic speakers that I have come across. Her passion for social justice conveyed in the art of spoken word has the capacity to relate with the audience on such a deep and emotional level, leaving a lasting impression well after the stage lights are dimmed."
Renjie Butalid, TEDx Organizer