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WHAT: Nine student finalists representing high schools from Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and South Dakota match their skills in reciting classic and contemporary poetry in a contest for the title of 2017 Poetry Out Loud...
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Washington, DC —Since 2005, 3.3 million students from across the country have memorized some of the best poetry, sharing their interpretation of the work of poets such as Judith Ortiz Cofer, Walt Whitman, and Kevin Young through a dynamic recitation competition—National...
A teenage girl in a black dress speaks at a microphone with a Poetry Out Loud sign behind her.
WHAT: Nine student finalists representing high schools from Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, Puerto Rico, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia match their skills in reciting classic and contemporary poetry in a contest for the title of National Poetry Out Loud...
Logo for the Poetry Out Loud program - a microphone and words
WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, May 3, 53 high school students who advanced from poetry recitation competitions in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will gather to match their skills in reciting classic and contemporary poetry in the...
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WASHINGTON, DC – Poet Edgar Albert Guest once asked, “How much grit do you think you’ve got?” On May 3 and 4 in Washington, DC, high school students from every state will test their grit and wit in the national finals of Poetry Out Loud, the nation’s largest youth poetry...
This poster for the 2015 National Book Festival features a young girl sitting on a chair and reading a book.  The poster also features the Thomas Jefferson quote "I cannot live without books."
Washington, D.C. – If you want to meet the authors behind the latest contemporary literature, level up on digital-age publishing, or enjoy a youth poetry slam, look no further than the Poetry & Prose Pavilion, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts at the Library...
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WHAT: Nine student finalists representing high schools from Alaska, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin match their skills in reciting classic and contemporary poetry in a contest for the title of National Poetry Out Loud...
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WASHINGTON, DC –On Tuesday, April 28, 53 high school students who advanced from poetry recitation competitions in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will gather at Lisner Auditorium to match their skills in reciting classic and...
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WASHINGTON, DC – Think poetry and competition don’t mix? Nearly three million students and 9,500 schools would disagree with you. That’s how many have participated in the ten years of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest—and the 2015 National Finals will take place on...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Maya Angelou. A poet, actress, activist, and teacher, Ms. Angelou was awarded a 2000 National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton. Many will speak of Maya Angelou's...

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