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"I love reading about things I've never experienced and learning to be a better person, a better listener, a better activist." — Isabella Callery, 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Hear more from Isabella Callery here , Don't forget to put "Get involved with Poetry Out Loud!" on your Back to...
At approximately 9:30 pm on Wednesday, May 1, Isabella Callery (Anishinaabe)—one of only nine students to make it to make the final round of competition from a field of more than 275,000 high schoolers—heard her name announced as the 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. When we spoke with her...
"This has made me realize there's a poem for everyone." — Isabella Callery, 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Congratulations to Minnesota high school senior Isabella Callery (Anishinaabe), the 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Callery, who attends Arcadia Charter School, earned top...
Nine student finalists representing high schools from Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Vermont will battle it out tonight to see who will claim the title of 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion and a $20,000 award! Watch the competition tonight...
"Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth." — June Jordan , 1981 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow Celebrate #National Poetry Month with the 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Finals! Watch the regional semifinals on Tuesday, April 30 on arts.gov from 9am -...
Not only was Nicholas Amador—now a sophomore studying astrophysics at Harvard University—Hawaii's Poetry Out Loud champion for three straight years, but he also placed in the top three at the National Finals each of those years. Having declared poetry persona non grata in fifth grade—thanks to a...
"Learning a poem by heart makes us participants in a uniquely human experience with pre-history origins. A poem learned by heart can circumvent the head, comfort the soul, distract demons, and provide entertainment for the restless." — Jan Seale, 1982 National Endowment for the Arts Creative...
April is National Poetry Month , a literary celebration that offers an opportunity to highlight the creative legacy of American poets, encourage the reading of poems, and support teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms. One of the many ways that the National Endowment for the Arts...
Not only was Nicholas Amador—now a freshman studying astrophysics at Harvard University—Hawaii's Poetry Out Loud champion for three straight years, but he also placed in the top three at the National Finals each of those years. Having declared poetry persona non grata in fifth grade—thanks to a...
"Write the stories you've always wanted to read. Allow yourself to be the main character of your narrative. Become both the window and the mirror for those who read your work. Lean into fear. Write the hard poem." — Elizabeth Acevedo In addition to being an accomplished writer—she was at the...

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