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Featured Webcast: Poetry Out Loud - 2016 National Book Festival

TITLE: Poetry Out Loud: 2016 National Book Festival

SPEAKER: Various Speakers
EVENT DATE: 2016/09/24
RUNNING TIME: 45 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)


The Poetry Out Loud contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation was held at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Speaker Biography: Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, the Poetry Out Loud contest helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. In 2006, the program launched nationwide in high schools across the country, with Poetry Out Loud free curriculum materials available that include the online poetry anthology, a comprehensive teacher's guide, a DVD of National Finals performances, lesson plans and guides. Now millions of students start at the classroom level to compete for their spot in the National Finals held in Washington, D.C., where awards and school stipends are presented to winners of the competition.

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