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"We tend to underestimate the psychic costs of writing lyric poetry. It’s already a dangerous effort that requires considerable amounts of character and self-awareness." — Gregory Pardlo Gregory Pardlo , recipient of a 2006 NEA Literature Fellowship for a Translation Project, is the very definition...
Click on the name of the poem to read the full text. What's your favorite winter poem? "snowfall makes no noise,/ falls as forgetting falls,/ flake after flake." — "The Snowfall is so Silent" by Miguel de Unamuna "The paint is pretty well worn off,/ But then I take the lead;/ A dandy sled's a...
Sure, we could tell you how transformative it is for teens to participate in Poetry Out Loud, but why don't we just show you? To learn more about the program and to get your school signed up for the 2017-2018 competition, visit poetryoutloud.org . Video of 2016 Poetry Out Loud National Champion...
“A good poet expresses myriad ideas and revelations within just a few lines of language. Your job as a reciter is to live with these truths and make them a part of yourself....” — Lawson Marchetti With school right around the corner, it’s time to get ready for the 2017-18 Poetry Out Loud (POL)...
Out of more than 310,000 Poetry Out Loud competitors nationwide this academic year, there could only be one National Champion. Georgia senior Samara Elán Huggins claimed that title at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals last week, with powerful recitations that earned her top marks from the judges...
"I think that as humans we are innately creative beings and that we need to be able to express ourselves in multiple artistic ways. Poetry is one of the ways I do it." — Samara Elán Huggins Congratulations to Georgia high school senior Samara Elán Huggins, the 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Champion...
RECITE. EXCITE. REPEAT. Which one of these state champions will be the 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Champion? Cheer on your state champ tonight at 7:00pm ET during the National Finals! We're streaming the event live on arts.gov . (Or if you're in DC, join us for this free event at GWU's Lisner...
We're excited to welcome back poet Elizabeth Acevedo as our host for the 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Finals. (Read our interview with her here .) Tune in to arts.gov tomorrow night at 7:00pm ET to find out who'll be the new Poetry Out Loud National Champion!
The Poetry Out Loud National Finals are just a couple weeks away. But the recitation contest is far from the final forum participating students have to perform poetry. One opportunity is Poetry for Life , which joins the young poets participating in Poetry Out Loud with older adults at assisted...
When was the last time you read a poem? Last week, last month, never? The NEA’s Big Read program just added three contemporary poetry titles to its library for 2017-18, and we can’t wait for folks across the country to start reading these books and learning more about their authors. In the meantime...

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