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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 Poetry Out...
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 Amber Rose Johnson (RI), the 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Do you know what today is? Okay besides Duke Ellington's birthday. It's the National Finals of Poetry Out Loud . It's fitting that the street over which Ellington fixes his enlightened gaze ---U Street...
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...
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...

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