Poetry Out Loud

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We're celebrating Ahkei Togun--the 2016 Poetry Out Loud National Champion!
Elizabeth Acevedo on the power of poems to live in the body.
This time next week nine talented teens will be counting down the hours until they compete recitation by recitation to see who emerges as the 2016 Poetry Out Loud Champion. For 2015 champ Maeva Ordaz her win came down to perseverance, determination, and three stellar recitations. Here she is...
Why memorize poetry? This collection of current and former state poet laureates have a few good reasons.
We're chatting with Washington, DC poet and spoken word champion Elizabeth Acevedo who's also our emcee for the 2016 Poetry Out Loud National Finals May 3-4.
Poetry Out Loud Program Manager Eleanor Billington catches up with last year's national champ Maeva Ordaz.
We catch up with Langston Ward three years after he won the Poetry Out Loud National Championship.
2015 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Maeva Ordaz of Alaska shares her POL story.
Did you know that three of the finalists recited John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn" during the finals round of #POL15? Here's Maeva Ordaz's winning recitation of the Keats' classic. Stay tuned for more from Maeva, coming to the blog in mid-May.
Tonight these nine talented young people will battle it out, or, rather, recite it out, to find out which one of them will be the 2015 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Did we mention that whoever wins will have made it to the top spot out of the more than 300,000 high schoolers who participated...

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