2010 Poetry Out Loud National Finals

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Poetry Foundation President John Barr, 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Champion and Rhode Island State Champion Amber Rose Johnson, and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals.

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Poetry Foundation President John Barr and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman with the judges of the 2010 National Finals. Judges include  author Garrison Keillor; actress and activist Alfre Woodard; poets Valerie Martínez and Jane Shore; and poet and critic Ada

Poetry Foundation President John Barr and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman with the judges of the 2010 National Finals. Judges include author Garrison Keillor; actress and activist Alfre Woodard; poets Valerie Martínez and Jane Shore; and poet and critic Adam Kirsch.

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No big deal!  Backstage with national finalists.

No big deal! Backstage with national finalists.

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The Poetry Out Loud State Champions are having fun at the National Finals.

The Poetry Out Loud State Champions are having fun at the National Finals.

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The finalists warm up and blow off steam backstage at the National Finals.

The finalists warm up and blow off steam backstage at the National Finals.

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Green room smiles from the nine finalists at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals.

Green room smiles from the nine finalists at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals.

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Nevada State Champion Emily Orellana is named as a finalist.

Nevada State Champion Emily Orellana is named as a finalist.

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Kansas State Champion Casha Gloria Mills with her supporters at the Congressional Breakfast.

Kansas State Champion Casha Gloria Mills with her supporters at the Congressional Breakfast.

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Rhode Island State Champion Amber Rose Johnson recites at the 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Finals.

Rhode Island State Champion Amber Rose Johnson recites at the 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Finals.

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Anticipation at the semifinals.  Who will advance to the National Finals?

Anticipation at the semifinals. Who will advance to the National Finals?

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Third-place winner and Maryland State Champion Nora Sandler, 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Champion and Rhode Island State Champion Amber Rose Johnson, and second-place winner and South Dakota State Champion Ruth Haile enjoy their championship moment.

Third-place winner and Maryland State Champion Nora Sandler, 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Champion and Rhode Island State Champion Amber Rose Johnson, and second-place winner and South Dakota State Champion Ruth Haile enjoy their championship moment.