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Poetry Out Loud. . . and Online

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 hole the size of a dinosaur?s thigh? to the ?haphazard loom of heaven,? the 39 poets selected to receive 2009 NEA Creative Writing Fellowships imaginatively peer into and write about the angles and corners and tricky spots of the human condition. Visit the newly updated Writers Corner for their bios, artist statements, and---best of all---poetry.

And don?t forget to mark your calendars---only 10 more days till the Poetry Out Loud (POL) National Finals on April 26 and 27 in Washington, DC, at GW?s Lisner Auditorium. Visit our News Room for more details on the event, which brings together 53 state champions from across the U.S. to go head-to-head in reciting work by master poets, including Langston Hughes, Joy Harjo, and Lewis Carroll. I certainly don?t envy this year?s judges---Alfre Woodard, Garrison Keillor, and Adam Kirsch, to name a few---who?ll have to pick the winner from this jam-packed roster of talented teens. 

Check back on the blog over the next couple of weeks for more info and POL news.  And new this year---catch live updates leading up to and at the POL finals by following @NEAarts and @poetryoutloud on Twitter. Get into the converation by using #POL on Twitter or drop us a line in the comments section of the blog.

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