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New to Poetry Out Loud or just need a reminder how it works? Don't worry, 2011's POL emcee Kerry Washington is here to help! Just click "play" and you'll know all you need to know about the rules before you join us tonight on arts.gov at 7pm ET to cheer on the next Poetry Out...
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...
2012 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Kristen Dupard recites during the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on May 15, 2012. Photo by James Kegley Kristen Dupard has had quite a busy May! Not only did she go stanza a stanza---so to speak---with 52 other state champions to win top honors at the Poetry...
Washington, DC Text and original artwork by Jiayi Zhou, Intern, NEA Office of Public Affairs 2009 Poetry Out Loud Champion William Farley celebrates his achievement with his younger brother. Photo by James Kegley Do you believe that deaf people cannot understand poems, which are mostly based on...
Washington, DC Photo of Youssef Biaz by James Kegley Last Friday, U Street’s historic Lincoln Theater erupted in hoots and hollers when 16-year-old Youssef Biaz was announced the winner of the 2011 Poetry Out Loud competition. A senior at Auburn High School, Biaz has clinched Alabama’s...
Washington, DC Youssef Biaz, 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Photo by James Kegley Congratulations to Youssef Biaz---Alabama's state champ---on taking top honors at the 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Finals! You can read more in our News Room . And stay tuned for next week's Art Talk...
Washington, DC At the 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Finals, state champs warm up in the green room before the start of the championship round. Photo by James Kegley Before Poetry Out Loud (POL) State Champions get to the National Finals, they have to get to the state finals. And sometimes that can...
Washington, DC Amber Tamblyn. Photo courtesy Ms. Tamblyn. Amy Poehler's blurb for Amber Tamblyn's 2009 poetry collection Bang Ditto reads, "Amber Tamblyn's writing is funny, thick, mean, strong, vulnerable, trippy and true." Turns out much of the same can be said of Amber...
Washington, DC Zamiya Felton of Charlotte's West Mecklenburg High School was North Carolina's 2010 State Champ. Photo by James Kegley. On April 28 and 29, 53 eager young people from across the U.S. will descend on Washington, DC---with their families and teachers in tow---to compete in the...

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