2017 Arizona State Champion Kellen Vu talks about his Poetry Out Loud experience

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“All too soon, my English teacher beckoned me to the podium, but I was glued to my seat, desperately trying to remember how to breathe. I could already feel the stares piercing mercilessly through my soul. Then I recalled an adage my dad once told me: ‘Nobody is brave every minute of every day; you only need five seconds of courage at a time to make the change you want to see.'”

Arts in Education Week: Poetry Out Loud

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This week we’re celebrating National Arts in Education Week. Yesterday we talked about some of our arts learning programs and today, we take a closer look at one of our favorites: Poetry Out Loud. Recently we spoke with Eleanor Billingsly, Program Manager at the NEA, about the program and its benefits to the students who participate and their communities.

Host a Poetry Out Loud Viewing Party

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Next week, 53 State and Jurisdictional champions, including Arizona’s own Kellen Vu, will descend on Washington, D.C. to vie for the title of Poetry Out Loud National Champion and a $20,000 award. For those unable to attend the event in person, a live, one-time only webcast is available online at www.arts.gov. The National Endowment for… Read more »

2017 Poetry Out Loud State Finals on Arizona PBS Stations

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As if the Arizona Poetry Out Loud state finals weren’t exciting enough, the 2017 finals were held in the downtown Phoenix studios of Arizona PBS. On March 11, 2017, 10 high school students from all across the state stepped on to the stage and into the spotlight to recite poems for a live audience and Arizona PBS’s TV cameras. In April, Arizona PBS and… Read more »

Kellen Vu of Arizona School for the Arts is 2017 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion

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Kellen Vu, a sophomore at Arizona School for the Arts in Phoenix, will represent Arizona at the 12th Annual Poetry Out Loud national finals competition in Washington, D.C., April 25-26, 2017. The Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals were held on Saturday, March 12, 2017, at the studios of Arizona PBS in Downtown Phoenix.

2017 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals

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On Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10 high school students from throughout the state will compete in the poetry recitation contest for an opportunity to represent Arizona at the 12th Annual Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C.

Poetry Out Loud Registration Deadline and Competition Schedule

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A national recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage all while competing… Read more »

Poetry Out Loud Registration Deadline Extended

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The school registration deadline for 2017 Poetry Out Loud has been extended! A national recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into the English class.

Poetry Out Loud: 2016 State Champion Hunter Hazelton

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As a senior at Betty Fairfax High School in Laveen, Hunter Hazelton claimed the title of 2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion and represented Arizona at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington D.C. It was the culmination of three year journey for the young poetry fanatic, his third year competing and his second competing at the state finals.