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Poetry Out Loud National Finals

Without a doubt, the young competitors of Poetry Out Loud have a tough job---not only do they have to memorize three poems word perfect, but they then have to recite those poems in front of a crowded auditorium knowing they are being judged on their accuracy, physical presence, voice and...
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 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 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...
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 19, 2010 Washington, DC Alanna Rivera was one of only a handful of underclassmen to make it to the 2007 Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Photo by James Kegley. "Reciting a poem is like a jazz solo: you're allowed to play your heart out, but you have to respect what the composer was feeling...