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Poetry Out Loud

As I look back on the past year, I can’t help but think of what a whirlwind it’s been. A constant balancing act between friends, school papers, work commitments, and internship deadlines, it’s hard to believe I’ve only been in DC since August---and even harder to believe my...
On April 30, 2013, after approximately nine months of competition and more than 375,000 competitors, Langston Ward of Spokane, Washington's Meade High School took top honors as the 2013 Poetry Out Loud National Champion . This year, Ward, who was also Washington's 2012 state champ, wowed...
Here's a podcast to mark the finals of the NEA's national recitation competition Poetry Out Loud, which took place this week---and a big shout-out to the new champ, Langston Ward! In the past few weeks leading up to the competition, I've been giving a lot of thought to memorizing poetry...
Who's right? Find out tonight at 7:00 pm ET! Join us in person at GW's Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC or online at arts.gov . Visit our News Room for details. And don't worry, it's not to late to invite some pals over to watch. Register for a viewing party here . (from l-r) #...
On Monday, 53 young people from all over the U.S. will take the stage at Washington, DC's Lisner Auditorium for two days of competition as each one strives to be the next Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Long after the competition is over, regardless of how far each participant ultimately...
Singer and songwriter Neko Case performs as a solo artist and with the Canadian-bred rock band The New Pornographers. Her music is an eclectic mix of country, gospel, torch, and pop: always original and compellingly lyrical.(Her latest CD---currently named The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight...
Without a doubt, the young competitors of Poetry Out Loud have a tough job---not only do they have to memorize three poems word perfect, but they then have to recite those poems in front of a crowded auditorium knowing they are being judged on their accuracy, physical presence, voice and...
In just a few short weeks, 53 young people from all over the U.S. will converge on Washington, DC, to compete for the hard-won title of 2013 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Many of us at the NEA will happily be in the audience on April 29 and 30 cheering them on, and at the same time being...
Well, it's officially April. Not only does this mark the start of National Poetry Month, but it's also time to begin our countdown to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals , which will take place April 29-30 in Washington, DC. To kick off the next few weeks of couplets and quatrains, we...
Back in April 2010---I visited York, Pennsylvania. Mayor C. Kim Bracey presented me with the Key to York, and a member of the York Revolution baseball team gave me my own Revolution jersey. Photo by NEA Staff I’ve been officially retired now for 27 days, which seems like as good a time as any...

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