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2016

2015

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Brando Skyhorse

Photo courtesy of Brando Skyhorse

Author and 2015 Poetry Out Loud judge

He had a childhood no one could make up—with his memoir, he creates order from the chaos.

Poet and host of 2015 Poetry Out Loud Finals

Four-time National Poetry Slam champion Taylor Mali connects stage and page.

Ruth Haile, of South Dakota, clinched second place in the 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Championship with her profound recitation of this poem by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. Grab more than one tissue. 

2014

In honor of the late great Emily Dickinson's birthday on December 10th, we're featuring this classic from Dickinson read by poet Kay Ryan. To hear more from the former Poet Laureate, please tune in to this podcast.

Our audio producer Josephine Reed chatted with Anita Norman before the competition to find out what inspired her poem selection, and why her goal is always "a direct connection with the words rather than the paper."

2013

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Elda Rotor and John Morgan. Photo courtesy of Penguin Classics

Photo courtesy of Penguin Classics

Producers of Poems by Heart App from Penguin Classics

The team behind the new app Poems by Heart discuss how they combine great gaming with classic poetry. [28:20]

2010

Third place winner Maryland

"The Canonization " by John Donne

Second place winner South Dakota

"The Slave Auction"  By Frances Ellen Watkins 

Poetry Out Loud National Champion Rhode Island

"Sonnet CXVI" by Wm. Shakespeare

2009

Third place winner Illinois

"The Windhover" by Gerald Manley Hopkins

Second place winner Kentucky

"I Grant Your Ample Leave" by George Eliot

Poetry Out Loud National Champion Virginia

"The Flea" by John Donne

2008

Third place winner Utah

"The Windhover" by Gerald Manley Hopkins

Second place winner Oregon

"To Autumn" by John Keats

Poetry Out Loud National Champion United States Virgin Islands

"January, 1795" by Mary Robinson

2006

Poetry Out Loud National Champion Ohio

"Forgetfulness" by Billy Collins

Second place winner - New Hampshire

"Siren Song" by Margaret Atwood

Third place winner Hawaii

"Siren Song" by Margaret Atwood