In the Spotlight

POL Champ Kristen Dupard and Former Poet Laureate Philip Levine

POL Champion Kristen Dupard got a once-in-a-lifetime chance to sit down with the author of one of the poems that helped her win the 2012 Poetry Out Loud National Championship. Former Poet Laureate Philip Levine sat down with Kristen and talked poetry. Watch this great conversation at the NEA's Big Read Blog.  

POL Champs at the 2012 National Book Festival

On Saturday, September 22th, the NEA will be hosting the Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the National Book Festival.  Our top three 2012 Poetry Out Loud Champions will be featured: National Champion Kristen Dupard (Mississippi), 2nd Place Winner Claude Mumbere (Vermont), and Third Place Winner MarKaye Hassan (Utah).

The festival is free and open to the public. Please consider joining us on the 22nd to support our POL students and enjoy a weekend in D.C. on the National Mall. For more information on the festival, visit

 Their performance begins Saturday, September 22, at 10:00am in the Poetry and Prose Pavilion.