Samara Elán Huggins

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“We aren’t serious when we’re seventeen…” In this video, Samara Elán Huggins, the 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Champion from Georgia, recites “Novel” by Arthur Rimbaud, translated from the French by Wallace Fowlie. Anndee Hochman writes about Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation competition for high school students, in “The Poem Chooses You” in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Cennemi Diaz

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“Children under, say, ten, shouldn’t know / that the universe is ever-expanding…” Cennemi Diaz, the 2017 Los Angeles County Poetry Out Loud winner, recites Nick Flynn’s poem “Cartoon Physics, part 1.” Anndee Hochman writes about Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation competition for high school students, in “The Poem Chooses You” in the March/April issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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Langston Ward

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A senior at Mead High School in Spokane, Washington, Langston Ward won the title of 2013 Poetry Out Loud National Champion at the National Finals held in Washington, D.C., on April 30. He received twenty thousand dollars; his high school received five hundred dollars for the purchase of poetry books. In this video, Ward recites "A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown" by Walt Whitman.

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