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National Champ Ahkei Togun at the National Storytelling Festival

On Friday, October 7, at 1 pm (EST) National POL Champion Ahkei Togun will be performing at the 43rd National Storytelling Festival in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee. For those who can't make it to the festival, the International Storytelling Center is providing a free livestream of all events. Click here to join the livestream. For more info on the festival and its lineup, click here.

Posted on 09.28.16

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

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