NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS and POETRY FOUNDATION senna UUT LUUU NATIONAL RECITATION CONTEST H 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 share he spirit 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. ^But.tffa* Qj&a <^W 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 _L- 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 A Great Nation Deserves Great Art. www.poetryoutloud.org POETRY NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS MID ATLANTIC ARTS FOUNDATION FOUNDATION A great nation deserves great art.