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Introducing the 2017 Poetry Ourselves Winners!

We are very pleased to share the 2017 Poetry Ourselves winning entries!

Theo Cai, POL Texas State Champion, is the 2017 Poetry Ourselves Champ in the written category! Read his winning poem, "What Came First."

POL Oregon State Champ Megan Kim's poem, "Gorgon's Lament," received runner-up in the 2017 Poetry Ourselves, written category.

Shelby Newland, POL Indiana State Champ, is the 2017 Poetry Ourselves, spoken category champion with her poem, "Untitled."

Gabrielle D. Kunzika, POL Connecticut State Champion, won runner-up in the spoken category. Here is her poem "Sixteen."

Posted on 05.10.17


POL 2017 Finals-Streaming to a device near you!

Soon 53 students will descend upon DC and bring their talents to the stage to vie for the nation's top prize. The 2017 POL National Semi Finals and Finals will both be webcast live at arts.gov! Go here for more info, as well as to sign up for a viewing party. Also, don't forget to follow the action on Twitter @poetryoutloud and #POL17.

Poetry Out Loud National Semifinals- Tuesday, April 25, 2017

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.(EST): First Semifinal: students from East Central and Northeast States

Recitation order: PA, NH, NC, VT, WV, MD, SC, RI, ME, NY, USVI, DE, VA, DC, MA, OH, CT, NJ

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.(EST): Second Semifinal: students from Midwest and South Central states

Recitation order: KS, MS, IL, KY, NE, FL, AR, GA, LA, PR, TN, OK, IN, MI, MO, AL, WI, IA

5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.(EST): Third Semifinal: students from Upper Northwest and Western states

Recitation order: WA, ND, TX, HI, NM, AK, WY, CO, SD, OR, UT, MN, ID, MT, CA, NV, AZ

Poetry Out Loud National Finals

Wednesday, April 26, 2017: 7:00 - 9:15 p.m.

Posted on 04.13.17


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