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NATIONAL 
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The National Endowment for the Arts is the largest 
annual funder of the arts in the United States. An 
independent federal agency, the NEA is the official arts 
organization of the United States government, dedicated 
to supporting excellence in the arts — both new and 
established — bringing the arts to all Americans, and 
providing leadership in arts education. 



POETRY 




The Poetry Foundation is an independent literary 
organization committed to a vigorous presence for 
poetry in our culture. The Foundation publishes Poetry 
magazine, sponsors a variety of public programs, and 
supports creative projects in literature. 



m "arts ^'L™. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation celebrates, promotes, and 




supports the richness and diversity of the region's arts 
resources and works to increase access to the arts and 
cultures of the region and the world. 





Welcome to the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest finals. This 
exciting new program invites the dynamic elements of theatre and spoken 
word to poetry instruction in high school classrooms. Poetry Out Loud helps 
students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about 
their literary heritage. 

Poetry Out Loud began as a pilot program two years ago in Chicago and 
Washington, DC. This year all 50 states and the District of Columbia held 
recitation contests, thanks to the tremendous efforts of State Arts Agencies, 
schools, and teachers across the country. Tens of thousands of students — from 
Alaska to Florida, from Maine to Hawai'i — competed to be here today. This 
event presents the State Champions. Congratulations to everyone who 
participated, particularly to the students who vied in regional semi-finals 
earlier today for the twelve finalist slots this evening. 

Competitive recitation has its roots in ancient Greece. And while all contests 
divide winners from losers, the oldest function of poetry is to unite a culture by 
sharing its common stories. Recitation of the best classic and contemporary 
poems is an art that continues to create and deepen communities. 



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Dana Gioia 

Chairman 

National Endowment for the Arts 



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John Barr 

President 

Poetry Foundation 



Host and Judges for National Finals 



Host 

Scott Simon, a Chicago native, brings a well- traveled perspective to his role 
as Host of National Public Radio's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. During 
his career, he has covered ten wars from El Salvador to Iraq, and he has won 
every major award in broadcasting, including the Peabody, the Emmy, and the 
Columbia-Dupont. Simon also accepted the Presidential End Hunger Award for 
his series of reports on the 1987-88 Ethiopian civil war and drought. He hosts the 
quarterly PBS series, State of Mind, and the public television series, Voices of Vision. 
His books include the memoir Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan, Jackie Robinson 
and the Integration of Baseball, and a novel, Pretty Birds. 



Judges 

Michael Dirda, a longtime reviewer and essayist for The Washington Post Book 
World, received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. His books include two 
collections of essays, Readings and Bound to Please, the memoir An Open Book, 
and Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life. He holds a BA in English from 
Oberlin College and a PhD in comparative literature from Cornell University. 

Caroline Kennedy serves as Vice Chair of the Fund for Public Schools, the 
nonprofit organization affiliated with the New York City Department of 
Education. An attorney and the author or editor of six best-selling books, includ- 
ing A Family of Poems, In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action, and Profiles 
in Courage for Our Time, she is the President of the John F. Kennedy Library. 

Azar Nafisi is a professor at Johns Hopkins University. She taught literature at 
the University of Tehran in Iran, where she was expelled from her position in 
1981 for refusing to wear the mandatory Islamic veil. Her bestselling memoir, 
Reading Lolita in Tehran, chronicles her teaching of the forbidden works of 
Western literature to a book club of former students. She left Iran for America 
in 1997 and lives in Washington, DC, with her family. 

Curtis Sittenfeld is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' 
Workshop. Her first novel, Prep, was a national bestseller and was chosen as one 
of the Ten Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times. An English teacher at 
St. Albans School in Washington, DC, for three years, she now lives in 
Philadelphia. Her second novel, The Man of My Dreams, has just been 
released. 

A. B. Spellman is an author, poet, critic, and lecturer. From 1975 to 2005, 
Spellman worked at the National Endowment for the Arts, for the last decade 
of his term as a Deputy Chairman. In recognition of his service to jazz, the 
NEA named one of its prestigious awards the A.B. Spellman NEAJazz Masters 
Award for Jazz Advocacy. His numerous books and articles on the arts include 
Art Tatum:A Critical Biography and Four Jazz Lives. Spellman is a graduate of 
Howard University. 



Scholarship Prizes 



National Finals 

1st place $20,000 college scholarship prize 

2nd place $10,000 college scholarship prize 

3rd place $5,000 college scholarship prize 

4th- 12th place $1,000 college scholarship prize 

The schools of the top 12 finalists will receive $500 for the purchase of 
poetry books. 



State Finals 

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Student received $200 award and an all-expenses-paid trip 

to Washington, DC 
School received $500 for the purchase of poetry books 

Student received $100 award 

School received $200 for the purchase of poetry books 



National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Out LoudTeam 



Sally Gifford 
Carrie Gilkey 
Carrie Holbo 

Campbell Irving 
Kate Kaiser 

Mela Kirkpatrick 



Erika Koss 

Andi Mathis 

Hope O'Keeffe 

John Ostrout 

Liz Stark 

Dan Stone 



Personnel 



Poetry Out Loud Project Directors 

Dan Stone 

National Endowment for the Arts 

Stephen Young 
Poetry Foundation 



Administrative Partners for National Finals 

Alan W. Cooper 

Karen Newell 

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 

Johanna Misey Boyer 
JMBArts Management 



Poetry Foundation Poetry OutLoudTeam 

Beth Allen Caren Skoulas 

Anne Halsey Elizabeth Stigler 

Michal Percival Stephen Young 



Judges for Semi-Finals Program 



Mark Dawson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of 
Alabama, where he won an Academy of American Poets Prize and was Poetry 
Editor and Editor-in-Chief of The Black Warrior Review. A former Associate 
Professor at Faulkner University, he is currendy Legislative Director for U.S. 
Representative Robert Aderholt. He lives in Washington, DC. 

Suzanne Fields has been writing a twice-weekly column for The Washington 
Times since 1984 and is nationally syndicated. The author of Like Father, Like 
Daughter: How Father Shapes the Woman His Daughter Becomes, she was a regular 
commentator for the CNN show CAW & Co. Her PhD is from Catholic 
University, where she also taught English literature. She lives in her native 
Washington, DC, with her husband and three children. 

Sunil Iyengar is a contributing editor for Contemporary Poetry Review 
(www.cprw.com), an online journal. A former board member of the American 
Poetry & Literacy Project, his reviews and essays have appeared in publications 
including The Washington Post and The American Scholar. Iyengar works 
for a health industry trade newsletter in Washington, DC, and resides in 
Baltimore. 

E. Ethelbert Miller has been the Director of the African American Resource 
Center at Howard University since 1974. He is currently the board chair of 
the Institute for Policy Studies, and a Commissioner for the DC Commission 
on the Arts and Humanities. His poetry collections include The Migrant 
Worker and Whispers, Secrets, and Promises. Miller received his BA from 
Howard University and an honorary doctorate of literature from Emory 8c 
Henry College. 

Jennifer L. Nelson is the Producing Artistic Director of the African 
Continuum Theatre Company and President of the League of Washington 
Theatres. A past recipient of an NEA/TCG Early Career Director Fellowship, 
she is also an award-winning playwright. Her play Torn from the Headlines won 
the 1996 Helen Hayes Award for Most Outstanding New Play. Nelson has 
taught in the theatre departments of George Washington University, 
American University, George Mason University, and UCLA. 

Dominique Raccah is the founder and CEO of Sourcebooks, Inc., an 
independent trade publishing house. Formerly employeed by the Leo Burnett 
advertising firm in Chicago, Raccah left the agency 15 years ago to start 
Sourcebooks, which has been recognized as the fastest-growing publisher 
in the industry. Born in Paris, France, she earned her MA in quantitative 
psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago. 



Semi-Finals Program 



Semi-Final One 
10:30 am 

Semi-Final Two 

12:45pm 

Semi-Final Three 

":00 pm 



ome and Introductions 

Dan Stone 
Stephen Young 

Hosts 

David Kipen 
r elicia Knight 



First Round 



Second Round 



Awards Presentation 



Announcement of Finalists 



2006 State 



Alabama 


Idaho 


Keturah Nix 


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Jessica Lodal 


Loveless Academic Magnet Program 


Borah High School 


High School 


Illinois 


Alaska 


Ariela Morgan Rotenberg 


Naphtali Leyland Fields 


Walter Pay ton College Prep 


Kodiak High School 


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Indiana 


Arizona 


Kathryn Brunton 


Jordan McAlpin 


University High School 


Cactus High School 






Iowa 


Arkansas 


Ashley Baccam 


Roshundalyn J. Scribner 


East High School 


Hall Senior High School 


Kansas 


California 


Andrew Toburen 


Ken Huffman 


Cair Paravel Latin School 


Elk Grove High School 






Kentucky 


Colorado 


Kendra Holloway 


Passion Lyons 


Christian County High School 


Gateway High School 


Louisiana 


Connecticut 


Shelby Leigh Taylor 


Mary Falkowski 


Baton Rouge Magnet High School 


Rockville High School 


Maine 


Delaware 


Riva Y. Dumont 


Simone Aziza Seal 


Erskine Academy 


Padua Academy 


Maryland 


District of Columbia 


Natalie R Green 


Katherine Feliz 


Broadneck High School 


Bell Multicultural High School 


Massachusetts 


Florida 


Vinh Hua 


Craig B. Williams 


Boston Latin School 


Atlantic Technical Center and 




Magnet High School 


Michigan 

Travis B.J. Walter 


Georgia 


Holt High School 


Michelle Arielle Mclntyre 




Centennial High School 


Minnesota 

Tottiana Adams 


Hawai'i 


Central High School 


Kellie Taulia Anae 




Mid Pacific Institute 


Mississippi 




Ryan Breeland 




Brookhaven High School 




Missouri 

Aislinn Lowry 

Jefferson City High School 

Montana 

Cassin LaFountaine 

Helena High School 

Nebraska 

Shuqiao Song 

Lincoln East High School 

Nevada 

Gibran Baydoun 

Green Valley High School 

New Hampshire 

Teal Van Dyck 

Bow High School 

New Jersey 

Teika Monai Chapman 

Trenton Central High School 

New Mexico 

Fantasia Lonjose 

Santa Fe Indian School 

New York 

Danielle N. Lehman 
Shaker High 

North Carolina 

Courtney Temple Ross 

Raleigh Charter High School 

North Dakota 

Ryan Arthur Berry 

Shanley High School 



Ohio 

Jackson Hille 

Columbus Alternative High School 

Oklahoma 

Alexzandria Ward 

Putnam City West High School 

Oregon 

Michael Santiago 

The Center for Advanced Learning 



Pennsylvania 

Chris Estevez 

West Scranton High School 

Rhode Island 

Kris Aponte 

William M. Davies Career and 
Technical Institute 

South Carolina 

Elizabeth Stepp 

Richland Northeast High School 

South Dakota 

Kaylajackmon 

Washington High School 

Tennessee 

R. Leo Moucka II 

Christ Presbyterian Academy 

Texas 

Jacqueline C. Pirtle 

Spring Woods Senior High School 

Utah 

Madison Niermeyer 

Skyline High School 

Vermont 

Anna Catherine Svagzdys 

Montpelier High School 

Virginia 

Johnny Coyle 

St. Christophers School 

Washington 

Mollie Anne McComb 

Ranier High School 

West Virginia 

Brook Johnson 

Sissonville Senior High School 

Wisconsin 

Anjuli Joshi Brekke 

James Madison Memorial High School 

Wyoming 

Kamaria Stephens 

Cheyenne East 



Semi-Finals One, 10:30 am 



Connecticut 

Mary Falkowski 

"Forgetfulness" by Billy Collins 
"Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold 

Delaware 

Simone Aziza Seal 

"Bitch" by Carolyn Kizer 

"Ballad of Birmingham" by Dudley Randall 

District of Columbia 

Katherine Feliz 

"Song" by Edmund Waller 

"Let It Be Forgotten" by Sara Teasdale 

Maine 

Riva Y. Dumont 

"La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad" by John Keats 
"Beauty" by Tony Hoagland 

Maryland 

Natalie P. Green 

"The Spider and the Fly" by Mary Howitt 
"No Coward Soul Is Mine" by Emily Bronte 

Massachusetts 

Vinh Hua 

"A Supermarket in California" by Allen Ginsberg 
"Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100" by Martin Espada 

New Hampshire 

Teal Van Dyck 

"A Supermarket in California" by Allen Ginsberg 
"Siren Song" by Margaret Atwood 

New Jersey 

Teika Monai Chapman 

"Bitch" by Carolyn Kizer 
"Eagle Poem" by Joy Harjo 

New York 

Danielle N. Lehman 

"In Memoriam: Martin Luther King, Jr." by June Jordan 
"Ma Rainey" by Sterling A. Brown 



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North Carolina 

Courtney Temple Ross 

"In the Basement of the Goodwill Store" by Ted Kooser 
"A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

Ohio 

Jackson Hille 

"A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General" 

by Jonathan Swift 
"Altruism" by Molly Peacock 

Pennsylvania 

Chris Estevez 

"Bilingual/Bilingiie" by Rhina P. Espaillat 
"Salome" by Ai 

Rhode Island 

Kris Aponte 

"We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar 
"Romance" by Claude McKay 

South Carolina 

Elizabeth Stepp 

"Conversation" by Ai 

"A Supermarket in California" by Allen Ginsberg 

Vermont 

Anna Catherine Svagzdys 

"Lunar Baedeker" by Mina Loy 
"Sentimental" by Albert Goldbarth 

Virginia 

Johnny Coyle 

"Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold 
"Meditation at Lagunitas" by Robert Hass 

West Virginia 

Brook Johnson 

"We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar 
"The Tyger" by William Blake 



Semi-Finals Two, 12:45 




Alabama 

Keturah Nix 

"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost 
Sonnet 116, "Let me not to the marriage of true minds" 
by William Shakespeare 

Arkansas 

Roshundalyn J. Scribner 

"Learning to Love America" by Shirley Geok-lin Lim 
"Bilingual/Bilingue" by Rhina P. Espaillat 

Florida 

Craig B. Williams 

"Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes 
"I Knew a Woman" by Theodore Roethke 

Georgia 

Michelle Arielle Mclntyre 

"Siren Song" by Margaret Atwood 
"Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold 

Illinois 

Ariela Morgan Rotenberg 

"I Go Back to May 1937" by Sharon Olds 
"The Secret Garden" by Rita Dove 

Indiana 

Kathryn Brunton 

"I think I should have loved you presendy" by Edna St. Vincent Millay 
"Fierce Girl Playing Hopscotch" by Alice Fulton 

Iowa 

Ashley Baccam 

"Deliberate" by Amy Uyematsu 
"Conversation" by Ai 

Kansas 

Andrew Toburen 

"Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen 
"Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll 

Kentucky 

Kendra Holloway 

"Ballad of Birmingham" by Dudley Randall 
"To the Ladies" by Lady Mary Chudleigh 



Louisiana 

Shelby Leigh Taylor 

"Why I Am Not a Painter" by Frank O'Hara 
"So This Is Nebraska" by Ted Kooser 

Michigan 

Travis B.J.Walter 

"Analysis of Baseball" by May Swenson 
"Beat! Beat! Drums!" by Walt Whitman 

Mississippi 

Ryan Breeland 

"Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer 
"Pied Beauty" by Gerard Manley Hopkins 

Missouri 

Aislinn Lowry 

"When I consider how my light is spent" by John Milton 
"The Spider and the Fly" by Mary Howitt 

Nebraska 

Shuqiao Song 

"Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge 
"Fever 103°" by Sylvia Plath 

Oklahoma 

Alexzandria Ward 

"Beauty" by Tony Hoagland 
"Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll 

Tennessee 

R. Leo Moucka II 

Sonnet 116, "Let me not to the marriage of true minds" 

by William Shakespeare 
"England in 1819" by Percy Bysshe Shelley 

Wisconsin 

Anjuli Joshi Brekke 

"Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll 

"I Am Learning To Abandon the World" by Linda Pastan 



Semi-Finals Three, 3:00 pm 



Alaska 

Naphtali Leyland Fields 

"Unknown Girl in the Maternity Ward" by Anne Sexton 
"Siren Song" by Margaret Atwood 

Arizona 

Jordan McAlpin 

"Litany" by Billy Collins 
"Beauty" by Tony Hoagland 

California 

Ken Huffman 

"O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman 
"Detroit, Tomorrow" by Philip Levine 

Colorado 

Passion Lyons 

"Beautiful Black Men" by Nikki Giovanni 
"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou 

Hawai'i 

Kellie Taulia Anae 

"Hysteria" by Dionisio D. Martinez 
"Bitch" by Carolyn Kizer 

Idaho 

Jessica Lodal 

"If" by Rudyard Kipling 
"Bilingual/Bilingiie" by Rhina P. Espaillat 

Minnesota 

Tottiana Adams 

"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou 

"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes 

Montana 

Cassin LaFountaine 

"Danse Russe" by William Carlos Williams 

"The Lake Isle of Innisfree" by William Buder Yeats 

Nevada 

Gibran Baydoun 

"Sympathy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar 

"Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas 



New Mexico 

Fantasia Lonjose 

"Eagle Poem" by Joy Harjo 

"The Powwow at the End of the World" by Sherman Alexie 

North Dakota 

Ryan Arthur Berry 

"Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge 
"Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll 

Oregon 

Michael Santiago 

"Why I Am Not a Painter" by Frank O'Hara 
"The Listeners" by Walter de la Mare 

South Dakota 

Kayla Jackmon 

"The Poet" by Yone Noguchi 
"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou 

Texas 

Jacqueline C. Pirtle 

"[if mama/could see]" by Lucille Clifton 
"Beautiful Black Men" by Nikki Giovanni 

Utah 

Madison Niermeyer 

"Chicago" by Carl Sandburg 

"A Supermarket in California" by Allen Ginsberg 

Washington 

MoUie Anne McComb 

"Ballad of Birmingham" by Dudley Randall 
"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou 

Wyoming 

Kamaria Stephens 

"Poetry" by Marianne Moore 

"Unknown Girl in the Maternity Ward" by Anne Sexton 



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Acknowledgements 



When the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation decided 
to launch Poetry Out Loud nationally, we needed to find the perfect partners. 
Since Poetry Out Loud exists in so many layers, from the classroom to the state 
to the national level, organizing and running the program is no small task. We 
found those perfect partners in the State Arts Agencies and their collaborators. 
Their expertise and candor helped us shape the expansion of Poetry Out Loud. 
Our deepest thanks to this intelligent and passionate group of folks. 

We also applaud the thousands of teachers who integrated Poetry Out Loud into 
their classrooms on short notice, and we thank the supportive parents of our 
State Champions. Without them, none of us would be here. 

Thanks to the Mid Adantic Arts Foundation, particularly Karen Newell and 
Johanna Misey Boyer, for helping to manage and coordinate all the labyrinthine 
logistics of the National Finals. 

The Poetry Foundation is grateful for the following gifts to each State Champion: 

■ Sourcebooks, Inc., for the donation of Poetry Speaks 

■ Copper Canyon Press, for the donation of Delights and Shadows 

■ Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate, for personally signing Delights and Shadows 



The Joe McCarthy Quartet 

Joe McCarthy, Drums 
Max Murray, Bass 
Gary Malvaso, Guitar 
Steve Williams, Alto Saxophone 



In Memoriam 

Cliff Becker 

Former NEA Director of Literature 
and Co-Founder of Poetry Out Loud 

July 22, 1964 -May 17, 2005 

We dedicate our efforts to you. 



A man's growth is seen 
in the successive choirs of his friends. 

-Ralph Waldo Emerson 



A Great Nation Deserves Great Art 



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