The National Endowment For The Arts and the Poetry Foundation Present: Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud: 2017 Virginia Finals
In March 2017, twelve high school competitors from across the Commonwealth convened at the studios of WCVE PBS Richmond to compete for the title of state champion and to represent Virginia at the national Poetry Out Loud competition in May.
WCVE PBS recorded this Virginia contest for broadcast in April on statewide public television. The program was formatted game-show style with students representing high schools across the state.
Watch the entire program:
2016 National Winner Announced:
Congratulations to Virginia high school senior Ahkei Togun, the 2016 Poetry Out Loud National Champion! With recitations of poems by Henry Taylor, Cornelius Eady, and William Lisle Bowles, Ahkei was crowned champion from a field of approximately 317,000 student-competitors nationwide who participated in the 2016 program. Ahkei has participated in Poetry Out Loud since his freshman year of high school. He will be heading off to college in New York this fall where he will study acting.
Watch Togun’s award-winning skills in action. Here’s his recitation of “I’m a Fool to Love You” by Cornelius Eady.