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Poetry Out Loud

April 29. 2010 Washington, DC That's me on the far right after the POL finals with Poetry Foundation President John Barr and 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Amber Rose Johnson, who is also Rhode Island's state champion. Photo by James Kegley On Tuesday night I attended the Finals round of...
April 27, 2010 Washington, DC Approximately 325,000 high schoolers from across the U.S. participated in Poetry Out Loud this year. After a full day of semi-finals competition with all 53 state champions , nine of the talented teens are moving on to the National Finals competition tonight in DC...
April 22, 2010 Washington, DC Photo by James Kegley To borrow from an old joke : "How do you get to Poetry Out Loud? Practice, practice, practice." I bet that any one of the 53 state champions participating in next week's POL National Finals would tell you that he or she wouldn't have it made this...
April 21, 2010 Washington, DC Washington Poet Laureate Samuel Green was among the judges when BreAnna Jones took top honors at the the state's Poetry Out Loud competition in 2008. Photo by James Kegley As anyone on the Poetry Out Loud (POL) team would tell you, the program wouldn't be possible...
April 19, 2010 Washington, DC Alanna Rivera was one of only a handful of underclassmen to make it to the 2007 Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Photo by James Kegley. "Reciting a poem is like a jazz solo: you're allowed to play your heart out, but you have to respect what the composer was feeling...
April 16, 2010 Washington, DC William Farley of Arlington, Virginia, took top honors at the 2009 Poetry Out Loud Finals with dynamic recitations of three poems, including William Carlos Williams' "Danse Russe." Photo by James Kegley From ?an orphan earring, opal pried out? to a ?daughter digging a...

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