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Even though the 2013 Poetry Out Loud National Finals have come and gone (c ongrats again, Langston! ), it's always fun to hear the recitations of past champions. Listen to Alaskan State Champion and 2007 POL finalist Deja Husberg recite Margaret Atwood’s darkly funny poem, "Siren Song." [1:59]...
The 2013 Poetry Out Loud Finals are just days away---April 29 and 30 at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC. Today, we're going back in time to hear last year's POL champ, Kristen Dupard of Mississippi, recite Cornelius Eady's poem, "I'm A Fool to Love You." If you can't make it to DC for the big...
It's never too early to get in the mood for the Poetry Out Loud National Finals , which will take place April 29-30 in Washington, DC. Check out this powerful recitation of Wilfred Owen's poem, "Strange Meeting" by Vermont's Claude Mumbere, the 2012 POL second-place winner. [3:48] Note: This year's...
Kerry Washington emcees the 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Photo by James Kegley Actress Kerry Washington at the 2011 POL Finals. Image by James Kegley. For the past six years, the POL finals has become one of my most favorite nights in DC. Hands down. These students demonstrate such grace,...
The poet John Donne. Public domain image Three years ago, Madeline Roger (Kansas) advanced to the final 12 students in the Poetry Out Loud competition. Today, we'll hear her recite "The Flea" by John Donne. [audio: http://bigreadblog.arts.gov//audio/RogerDonne.mp3] [ transcript ] For more...