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POL at the National Book Festival

On Saturday, September 24, three National POL finalists will take to the Poetry & Prose stage at the Library of Congress' National Book estival in Washington, DC. National Champion Ahkei Togun (VA), National 2nd Place Finalist Marta Palombo (GA), and National Finalist Neely Seems (WV) will recite poems and discuss their experience with Poetry Out Loud at 10:00 am this Saturday. If you are in the DC area, don't miss the chance to see these amazing students in action.

For more information and footage from POL events at last Book Festivals, visit

Also, check out this great article about Neely at the Festival from the Charleston Gazette-Mail

Posted on 09.19.16

Sports Poem Sampler

From the Olympics to baseball playoffs to the start of the football season, sports are in full swing. Did you know that poetry was once an olympic sport?


The Arrow and the Song Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Old Men Playing Basketball BH Fairchild

Makin' Jump Shots Michael S. Harper


Equus Caballus Joel Nelson


Always Something More Beautiful Stephen Dunn

To An Athlete Dying Young AE Housman


Sea Fever John Masefield


Learning to Swim Bob Hicok


Analysis of Baseball May Swenson

Clothespins Stuart Dybek

We’re Human Beings Jill McDonough

Sign for My Father, Who Stressed the Bunt David Bottoms


Wide Receiver Mark Halliday

Football Louis Jenkins

Posted on 08.15.16

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