2014 Poetry Out Loud National Finals

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2014 Iowa State Champion Josie Everett with Senator Chuck Grassley at the Poetry Out Loud Congressional Breakfast.

2014 Iowa State Champion Josie Everett with Senator Chuck Grassley at the Poetry Out Loud Congressional Breakfast.

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The 2014 Finalists blow off steam before they compete in the National Finals.

The 2014 Finalists blow off steam before they compete in the National Finals.

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53 champions from every state, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands at the National Finals.

53 champions from every state, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands at the National Finals.

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Hawaii State Champion Brady Jernigan at the 2014 National Finals.

Hawaii State Champion Brady Jernigan at the 2014 National Finals.

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New Jersey State Champion and third place winner Natasha Simone Vargas has fun with her trophy.

Alaska State Champion Maeva Ordaz recites at the 2014 National Finals.

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Alaska State Champion Maeva Ordaz recites at the 2014 National Finals.

2014 District of Columbia Champion Kayla Forde at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals.

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2014 District of Columbia Champion Kayla Forde at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals.

2014 National Finals Host and NPR Correspondent Neda Ulaby chats with West Virginia State Champion Austin Gage.

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2014 Poetry Out Loud top three: third-place winner and New Jersey State Champion Natasha Simone Vargas; second-place winner and Ohio State Champion Lake Wilburn, and 2014 National Champion and Tennessee State Champion Anita Norman.

The featured performer at the 2014 National Finals was singer/songwriter Meklit.

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2014 National Finals Host and NPR Correspondent Neda Ulaby chats with West Virginia State Champion Austin Gage.

Newly minted 2014 National Champion and Tennessee State Champion Anita Norman with Poetry Foundation Program Director Stephen Young and NEA Deputy Chairman Patrice Walker Powell.

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The featured performer at the 2014 National Finals was singer/songwriter Meklit.

New Jersey State Champion and third place winner Natasha Simone Vargas has fun with her trophy.

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Newly minted 2014 National Champion and Tennessee State Champion Anita Norman with Poetry Foundation Program Director Stephen Young and NEA Deputy Chairman Patrice Walker Powell.

2014 Poetry Out Loud top three: third-place winner and New Jersey State Champion Natasha Simone Vargas; second-place winner and Ohio State Champion Lake Wilburn, and 2014 National Champion and Tennessee State Champion Anita Norman.