Webcast of the National Semifinals and Finals: April 29-30, 2013

The 53 state champions will gather at the Poetry Out Loud semifinals on Monday, April 29, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.ET at the Lisner Auditorium at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Nine finalists will advance to the National Finals, also held at the Lisner Auditorium, on Tuesday, April 30, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET. Both events will be webcast live. Event program booklet (pdf)

Live captioning for the Finals webcast: http://recapd.com/w-f1f020

You don't have to be in DC to take part in the thrill of competition. Host a viewing party in your community to watch the live webcast and learn more about the art of poetry.

The Final Outcome

Langston Ward
Washington
National Champion
  Blessed Sheriff
Maryland 
2nd Place
  Denise Burns
Oklahoma
3rd Place
         

Advancing to Final Three

Blessed Sheriff
Maryland
  Denise Burns
Oklahoma
  Langston Ward
Washington
         

Advancing to the April 30th Finals

Region 1
Blessed Sheriff
Maryland
  Kavita Oza
New Jersey
  Josae Martin
U.S. Virgin Islands
         
Region 2
Raphael Mathis
Illinois 
  Russell Heitmann
Nebraska
  Denise Burns
Oklahoma
         
Region 3        
Langston Ward
Washington
  Maria Jose Zuniga
Texas
  Oyeyemi Ajagbe
Minnesota 
 

Please visit the Poetry Out Loud website for in-depth information about the program as well as audio and video, an extensive library of poems, teaching materials, and more.

Finals Schedule

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

National Final
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
ET

ILLINOIS
Rapheal K. Mathis
"Silence" by Thomas Hood
"Buick" by Karl Shapiro

MARYLAND
Blessed Sheriff 
"The Lamb" by Linda Gregg
"Heaven" by Cathy Song

MINNESOTA
Oluwatosin Oyeyemi Ajagbe
"Give All to Love" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I Am the People, the Mob" by Carl Sandburg

NEBRASKA
Russell Heitmann
"The Universe as Primal Scream" by Tracy K. Smith
"Poem with One Fact" by Donald Hall

NEW JERSEY
Kavita Oza 
"Ego" by Denise Duhamel
"The Sun Rising" by John Donne

OKLAHOMA
Denise L. Burns
"The True-Blue American" by Delmore Schwartz
"Baudelaire" by Delmore Schwartz

TEXAS
Maria Jose Zuniga
"Calling Him Back from Layoff" by Bob Hicok
"The Pomegranate and the Big Crowd" by Alberto Ríos

UNITED STATE VIRGIN ISLANDS
Josae Martin
"The Bones of My Father" by Etheridge Knight
"Holy Sonnets: Batter my heart, three-person’d God" by John Donne

WASHINGTON
Langston Ward
"The Gift" by Li-Young Lee
"A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown" by Walt Whitman