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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS 

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POETRY FOUNDATION 




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NATIONAL RECITATION CONTEST 






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2007 National Finals 



May 1 - 7:00 pm 



George Washington University Lisner Auditorium 

Washington, DC 




NATIONAL 
ENDOWMENT 
FOR THE ARTS 

A great nation 
deserves great art. 



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 




OUNDATION 



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. 



Ml arts 1 ^"™ Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation supports the richness and 
diversity of the region's arts resources and promotes 
wider access to the art and artists of the region, nation 
and world. 




Support for the 2007 National Finals is provided by 



SOUTHWEST 

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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS 
and 

POETRY FOUNDATION 

present 




2007 National Finalists 

May 1 ■ 7:00 pm 

George Washington University Lisner Auditorium 

Washington, DC 



District of Columbia 
Amanda Fernandez 

Duke Ellington School of the Arts 

Illinois 
RobiMahan 

Harrisburg High School 



New Jersey 
Naja Selby 

Arts High School 

New Mexico 
Fantasia Lonjose 

Santa Fe Indian School 



Indiana 

Branden Emanual Wellington 

Broad Ripple High School 



South Dakota 
JanessaNickell 

Lincoln High School 



Kentucky 
DeanMuir 

Trimble County High School 



Utah 

Amanda E. Fujiki 

Meridian School 



Montana 
Joshua Kelly 

Flathead High School 

Nebraska 
Shuqiao Song 

Lincoln East High School 



Virginia 
Alanna Rivera 

Washington-Lee High School 

West Virginia 

Elizabeth Ann McCormick 

Capital High School 





Welcome to the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest finals. This 
exciting program invites the dynamic elements of theater 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 three years ago in Chicago and 
Washington, DC. Now in its second year nationwide, all 50 states and the 
District of Columbia held recitation contests, thanks to the tremendous 
efforts of State Arts Agencies, arts organizations, schools, and teachers 
across the country. More than 100,000 students — from Alaska to Florida, 
from Maine to Hawaii — competed to be here today. This event presents 
the State Champions. Congratulations to all the students who traveled to 
compete these two days. 

Competitive recitation has its roots in ancient Greece. And while all 
contests pit competitors against one another, 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 



John Barr 

President 

Poetry Foundation 



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. 

Each of the top 12 finalists will also receive two roundtrip airline tickets 
courtesy of Southwest Airlines. 



State Finals 

1st place 

2nd place 



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 Finals Program 



Musical Prelude 

The Joe McCarthy Quartet 

Presentation of the State Champions 
Welcome 

Chairman Dana Gioia, NEA 

Opening Remarks 

Scott Simon, Host 

First Round 
Remarks 

President John Barr, Poetry Foundation 

Second Round 
Intermission 

The Joe McCarthy Quartet 

Announcement of Five Finalists 
Final Round 
Awards Ceremony 



Announcement of Poetry Out Loud National Champion 



Semifinals Program ■ April 30 



Semifinal One 

9:00 am 

Semifinal Two 

1:00 pm 

Semifinal Three 

4:30 pm 



Welcome and Introductions 

Leslie Liberato 
Stephen Young 

Hosts 

Felicia Knight 
Dan Stone 

First Round 

Second Round 

Third Round 

Top 8 competitors in each semifinal will recite a third poem 

Awards Presentation 



Announcement of Finalists 

Top 4 competitors in each semifinal will advance to National Finals 



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 Saturday. During his career he 
has covered ten wars, from El Salvador to Iraq, and he has won numerous 
prestigious awards in broadcasting, including the Peabody, the Emmy, and the 
duPont-Columbia. 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 bestseller Home and Away: Memoir of a 
Fan; Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball; and a novel, Pretty Birds. 



Judges 

Marilyn Chin is an activist, poet, and translator currendy serving as Poet-in- 
Residence at Bucknell University. Born in Hong Kong, Chin immigrated to 
the United States as a child and was raised in Portland, Oregon. Chin's work 
is widely anthologized and she is the recipient of two National Endowment 
for the Arts Literature Fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship, and four Pushcart 
Prizes, among other honors. Chin has published three collections of poetry, 
most recently Rhapsody in Plain Yellow. Chin received her B.A. in Chinese 
Literature from the University of Massachusetts and an M.F.A. from the 
University of Iowa. 

Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana and grew up in Jamaica. Poet, actor, play- 
wright, novelist, and critic, Dawes teaches at the University of South Carolina 
(USC) where he serves as Distinguished Poet in Residence, Director of the 
USC Poetry Initiative, and Executive Director of the USC Arts Institute. In 
2001, his collection Midland won the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, judged by 
Eavan Boland. The most recent of Dawes' 12 collections of poetry is entitled 
Wisteria. He is the program director of the Calabash International Literary 
Festival and is a contributor to the Poetry Foundation blog, Harriet. 

Jackson Hille is from Columbus, Ohio, and was the 2006 National Champion 
for Poetry Out Loud. He is currently studying theater at Otterbein College in 
Ohio and hopes to become an actor. Shel Silverstein and Billy Collins are two 
of his favorite poets. 

Steve Karesh of XM Satellite Radio is currently program director of XM's 
public radio stations. He created and served as executive producer of XM's 
Sonic Theater channel from 2002-2006. A native of Westchester County, New 
York, Karesh began his broadcasting career in high school — as the engineer for 
a local morning talk show — and subsequently worked his way from intern to 
producer of various nationally broadcast talk shows airing on Westwood One 
and NPR stations across America. He holds a B.A. in American Studies from 
Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and an M.A. in Culture and 
Communications from NYU. In 2002 he received the bronze medal for talk- 
radio programming at the New York Festivals of Radio Programming and 
Promotion. 



Garrison Keillor is the author of more than a dozen books including Lake 
Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Love Me, and Homegrown Democrat. He is 
also the creator, host, and writer of the radio variety show A Prairie Home 
Companion and The Writer s Almanac, heard on public radio stations across the 
country. He won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word in 1987 for the 
audiobook Lake Wobegon Days. Keillor is a member of the American Academy 
of Arts and Letters. In 2006, A Prairie Home Companion was released as a 
major motion picture, written by Keillor and directed by Robert Altman. The 
late summer of 2007 will also see the publication of his new novel, Pontoon, by 
Penguin Books. 

Dominique Raccah is the founder and CEO of Sourcebooks, Inc. Formerly 
employed by the Leo Burnett Agency in Chicago, Raccah left the agency 20 
years ago to start Sourcebooks, which has been recognized as the fastest- 
growing publisher in the industry. She has won the Blue Chip Enterprise 
Award as well as the Ernst 6c Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Illinois 
and Northwest Indiana, and serves as co-chair of the Book Industry Study 
Group. She is the publisher of the best-selling anthologies Poetry Speaks and 
Poetry Speaks to Children, as well as the Sourcebooks Shakespeare series. Born in 
Paris, France, Raccah earned her M.A. in Quantitative Psychology from the 
University of Illinois -Chicago. 




Judges for Semifinals Program 



Major Jackson is an associate professor of English at the University of Vermont 
and is the author of poetry collections Hoops and Leaving Saturn. His poems 
have appeared in The American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, and The New 
Yorker, among other literary journals and anthologies. He is the recipient of a 
Whiting Writers' Award, the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, a Pew Fellowship in 
the Arts, and is a former Witter Bynner Fellow at the Library of Congress. 
Currendy, he is a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at 
Harvard University and is serving as the 2006-07 Jack Kerouac Writer-in- 
Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell. 

Jonathan Katz has served as CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts 
Agencies since 1985. Recently appointed to the U.S. National Commission 
on UNESCO, he advises the board of the International Federation of Arts 
Councils and Cultural Agencies. He has served as the executive director of 
the Kansas Arts Commission and has taught communication, literature, and 
creative writing at universities in Indiana, Ohio, and Kansas. His doctoral 
dissertation proposes a national agenda for literary activities in the United 
States. 



Maurice Kilwein- Guevara is a professor of English at the University of 
Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the author of three collections of poetry, 
Autobiography of So-and-So: Poems in Prose; Poems of the River Spirit, and 
Postmortem, which won the National Contemporary Poetry Competition. 
Kilwein-Guevara has received awards from the Bread Loaf Writers' 
Conference, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and is a past Fulbright 
Senior Scholar. In 2003, he was the first person of Latino descent elected 
President of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), the 
largest organization serving writers in North America. 

E. Ethelbert Miller has been the director of the African American Resource 
Center at Howard University since 1974 and is a commissioner for the DC 
Commission on the Arts and Humanities. His poetry collections include How 
We Sleep on the Nights We Don't Make Love and Whispers, Secrets, and Promises. 
Miller's memoir is Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer. 
In 2005, he was a Fulbright Scholar to Israel and he was recently presented 
with the 2007 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. 

Sandra Reeves is the senior editor of Education Week, an independent national 
newspaper covering American education. A former science writer, magazine 
editor, and university official, she has received recognition for her work that 
includes an AAAS-Westinghouse Science Writing Award and three Robert A. 
Sibley Awards for excellence in university-based publishing. She has written on 
special assignment for publications such as U.S. News & World Report, and has 
taught both journalism (at the University of Alabama) and fiction writing (at 
Brown University). She is a graduate of the Brown Writing Program, where 
she studied for two years under novelist R. V. Cassill. 

Don Selby co-founded the Poetry Daily Web site (www.poems.com) with 
Diane Boiler and Rob Anderson following a career in the law publishing 
industry. Poetry Daily is an online nonprofit organization that features the 
work of a different contemporary poet each day. Selby is co-editor of Poetry 
Daily 's newest anthology, Poetry Daily Essentials 2007. He is a graduate of 
Swarthmore College and the University of Virginia School of Law. 

Joanne Yatvin has published more than 70 articles including commentaries in 
Education Week and the New York Times, and has authored three books for 
teachers. During her 40-year career in public education she has taught and 
held administrative positions in New Jersey, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Puerto 
Rico. She is president of the National Council of Teachers of English and her 
honors include the Wisconsin Elementary Principal of the Year; Kenneth S. 
Goodman "In Defense of Good Teaching Award"; and an NEH fellowship. 
She is also currently an adjunct professor at Portland State University in 
Oregon. 



2007 State 



Alabama 

Khadijah Robinson 

LAMP Magnet High School 

Alaska 

Deja Husberg 

Chugiak High School 

Arizona 

Markjacobson 

Arizona School for the Arts 

Arkansas 
Hannah Eakin 

Clarksville High School 

California 

Karen Hong 

Montgomery High School 

Colorado 

Passion Lyons 

Gateway High School 

Connecticut 
Mara Dauphin 

Rockville High School 

Delaware 

Daniel James Foster 

Delmar Middle & Senior High School 

District of Columbia 
Amanda Fernandez 

Duke Ellington School of the Arts 

Florida 

Chris Robinson 

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts 

Georgia 

Kelsey E. Bogue 

Roswell High School 

Hawaii 

Tucker Haworth 

Mid-Pacific Institute 

Idaho 

Shaun Engstrom 

Boise High School 



Illinois 

Robi Mahan 

Harrisburg High School 

Indiana 

Branden Emanual Wellington 

Broad Ripple High School 

Iowa 

Spencer Gilbert 

Valley High School 

Kansas 
Patrick Kuhn 

Salina High Central 

Kentucky 
Dean Muir 

Trimble County High School 

Louisiana 

Mercedes Murial Wilson 

Baton Rouge Magnet High School 

Maine 

Katherine Reynolds 

Erskine Academy 

Maryland 

Taylor McLean Myers 

South River High School 

Massachusetts 

Gabrielle Guarracino 

Rockland High School 

Michigan 
Sarah Harris 

Holt Senior High School 

Minnesota 

Thandisizwe Jackson-Nisan 

North Community High School 

Mississippi 
Melissa Cline 

Ridgeland High School 

Missouri 

Michael T. Brown, II 

Blue Springs South High School 



Montana 
Joshua Kelly 

Flathead High School 

Nebraska 

Shuqiao Song 

Lincoln East High School 

Nevada 
Jake Reid 

Douglas High School 



Rhode Island 
Jean-Paul D. Lagace 

Providence Country Day School 

South Carolina 

Samara Simmons 

Academic Magnet High School 

South Dakota 

Janessa Nickell 

Lincoln High School 



New Hampshire 
Laura Messner 

Exeter High School 



Tennessee 
Austin Johnson 

Davidson Academy 



New Jersey 

Naja Selby 
Arts High School 

New Mexico 
Fantasia Lonjose 

Santa Fe Indian School 



Texas 
Albert Drake 

G. W. Carver High School 

Utah 

Amanda E. Fujiki 

Meridian School 



New York 

Allison Tepper 

Niskayuna High School 



Vermont 
Henry Kiely 

Peoples Academy 



North Carolina 

Aimee Elizabeth Isbell 

Mooresville Senior High School 



Virginia 
Alanna Rivera 

Washington-Lee High School 



North Dakota 
Michael P. Sly 

Shanley High School 



Washington 
Olivia Seward 

Stadium High School 



Ohio 

Barrie Anthony Jackson 

Westland High School 

Oklahoma 

Jessica Sims 

Putnam City West High School 

Oregon 

Ian C.Jones 

The Center for Advanced Learning 

Pennsylvania 

Olivia Lee Meldrum 

Homeschooled 



West Virginia 

Elizabeth Ann McCormick 

Capital High School 

Wisconsin 

Matthew Scales 

James Madison Memorial High School 

Wyoming 
Joshua Schaberg 

Buffalo High School 




mifinals One, 9:00 a. 



ID 



Connecticut 

Mara Dauphin 

"anyone lived in a pretty how town" by E.E. Cummings 
"Detroit, Tomorrow" by Philip Levine 

Delaware 

Daniel James Foster 

"Theme for English B" by Langston Hughes 

"A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

District of Columbia 

Amanda Fernandez 

"Duke et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen 
"Ma Rainey" by Sterling A. Brown 

Maine 

Katherine Reynolds 

"The Shooting of Dan McGrew" by Robert W. Service 
"Hysteria" by Dionisio D. Martinez 

Maryland 

Taylor McLean Myers 

"The Meaning of the Shovel" by Martin Espada 
"Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100" by Martin Espada 

Massachusetts 

Gabrielle Guarracino 

"Litany" by Billy Collins 

"I Go Back to May 1937" by Sharon Olds 

New Hampshire 

Laura Messner 

"Playing Dead" by Andrew Hudgins 
"Sweetness" by Stephen Dunn 

New Jersey 

Naja Selby 

"Chicago" by Carl Sandburg 
"Ma Rainey" by Sterling A. Brown 

New York 

Allison Tepper 

"Onions" by William Matthews 
"Planetarium" by Adrienne Rich 





North Carolina 

Aimee Elizabeth Isbell 

"Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen 
"La Belle Dame sans Merci" by John Keats 

Ohio 

Barrie Anthony Jackson 

"How I Discovered Poetry" by Marilyn Nelson 
"The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus 

Pennsylvania 

Olivia Lee Meldrum 

"Agoraphobia" by Linda Pastan 
"Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold 

Rhode Island 

Jean-Paul D. Lagace 

"John Lennon" by Mary Jo Salter 

"A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

South Carolina 

Samara Simmons 

"Bilingual/Bilingiie" by Rhina P. Espaillat 
"Ballad of Birmingham" by Dudley Randall 

Vermont 

Henry Kiely 

"Chicago" by Carl Sandburg 
"Litany" by Billy Collins 

Virginia 

Alanna Rivera 

"Walking Down Park" by Nikki Giovanni 
"Conversation" by A 

West Virginia 

Elizabeth Ann McCormick 

"Beauty" by Tony Hoagland 

"The Spider and the Fly" by Mary Howitt 



Semifinals Two, 1 :00 pm 



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Alabama 

Khadijah Robinson 

"Playing Dead" by Andrew Hudgins 
"Birches" by Robert Frost 

Arkansas 

Hannah Eakin 

"Unknown Girl in the Maternity Ward" by Anne Sexton 
"Playing Dead" by Andrew Hudgins 

Florida 

Chris Robinson 

"Chicago" by Carl Sandburg 
"The Secret Garden" by Rita Dove 

Georgia 

Kelsey E. Bogue 

"Sentimental" by Albert Goldbarth 
"Sweetness" by Stephen Dunn 

Illinois 

Robi Mahan 

"When I Am Asked" by Lisel Mueller 
"Beauty" by Tony Hoagland 

Indiana 

Branden Emanual Wellington 

"Analysis of Baseball" by May Swenson 
"Facing It" by Yusef Komunyakaa 

Iowa 

Spencer Gilbert 

"anyone lived in a pretty how town" by E.E. Cummings 
"Beat! Beat! Drums!" by Walt Whitman 

Kansas 

Patrick Kuhn 

"Chicago" by Carl Sandburg 

"Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge 

Kentucky 

Dean Muir 

"The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes 
"Beauty" by Tony Hoagland 



Louisiana 

Mercedes Murial Wilson 

"A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
"How I Discovered Poetry" by Marilyn Nelson 

Michigan 

Sarah Harris 

"The Cremation of Sam McGee" by Robert W. Service 
"The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes 

Mississippi 

Melissa Cline 

"Mother to Son" by Langston Hughes 
"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou 

Missouri 

Michael T.Brown, II 

"The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes 
"O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman 

Nebraska 

Shuqiao Song 

"Lunar Baedeker" by Mina Loy 
"Preludes" by T.S.Eliot 

Oklahoma 

Jessica Sims 

"If — " by Rudyard Kipling 
"Scary Movies" by Kim Addonizio 

Tennessee 

Austin Johnson 

"A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General" by Jonathan Swift 
"A Blessing" by James Wright 

Wisconsin 

Mathew Scales 

"Booker T and W.E.B." by Dudley Randall 

"In Memoriam: Martin Luther King, Jr." by June Jordan 




Semifinals Three, 4:30 pm 



Alaska 

Deja Husberg 

"I Go Back to May 1937" by Sharon Olds 
"Siren Song" by Margaret Atwood 

Arizona 

Markjacobson 

"Hysteria" by Dionisio D. Martinez 
"Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe 

California 

Karen Hong 

"Fever 103°" by Sylvia Plath 
"Snow Day" by Billy Collins 

Colorado 

Passion Lyons 

"Ballad of Birmingham" by Dudley Randall 
"The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes 

Hawaii 

Tucker Haworth 

"Forgetfulness" by Billy Collins 

"Why I Am Not a Painter" by Frank O'Hara 

Idaho 

Shaun Engstrom 

"Conversation" by Ai 
"Beauty" by Tony Hoagland 

Minnesota 

Thandisizwe Jackson-Nisan 

"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou 

"A Supermarket in California" by Allen Ginsberg 

Montana 

Joshua Kelly 

"Duke et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen 
"Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg" by Richard F. Hugo 

Nevada 

Jake Reid 

"The Secret of the Machines" by Rudyard Kipling 
"Walking Down Park" by Nikki Giovanni 



New Mexico 

Fantasia Lonjose 

"Windigo" by Louise Erdrich 

"anyone lived in a pretty how town" by E.E. Cummings 

North Dakota 

Michael P. Sly 

"Booker T. and W.E.B." by Dudley Randall 

"The Cremation of Sam McGee" by Robert W. Service 

Oregon 

Ian C. Jones 

"Litany" by Billy Collins 

"To a Mouse" by Robert Burns 

South Dakota 

Janessa Nickell 

"Unknown Girl in the Maternity Ward" by Anne Sexton 
"The Spider and the Fly" by Mary Howitt 

Texas 

Albert Drake 

"Touch Me" by Stanley J. Kunitz 
"Frederick Douglass" by Robert E. Hayden 

Utah 

Amanda E. Fujiki 

"Siren Song" by Margaret Atwood 
"Scary Movies" by Kim Addonizio 

Washington 

Olivia Seward 

"Beauty" by Tony Hoagland 

"The Pomegranate and the Big Crowd" by Alberto Rios 

Wyoming 

Joshua Schaberg 

"One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop 

"How I Discovered Poetry" by Marilyn Nelson 




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. 

Thanks to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation — particularly Karen Newell, Cheryl 
Derricotte, and Melanie Robey — and to Peggy Dahlquist, for devoting their 
considerable expertise and hard work to coordination of the National Finals. 

We extend special thanks to Southwest Airlines, which generously supported the 
2007 National Finals with a donation of airline tickets to help bring the State 
Champions and their chaperones to Washington, DC, for the competition. Each 
of the top 12 finalists will also receive two roundtrip airline tickets courtesy of 
Southwest Airlines. 

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

■ Sourcebooks, Inc., for the donation of Poetry Daily Essentials 2007 

■ Library of America for the donation of American Poetry: The Twentieth 
Century, Vols. 1 & 2 

Thank you to GE - Aviation, for its donation of journals for each State 
Champion. 



The Joe McCarthy Quartet 

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



In Memoriam 



Roshundalyn Scribner 

2006 Arkansas State Champion 
Poetry Out Loud 

1989-2007 



With wide- embracing love 

Thy spirit animates eternal years 

Pervades and broods above, 

Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates and rears... 

— -from "No Coward Soul Is Mine" by Emily Jane Bronte 



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