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Poetry Out Loud

Mon, 02/22/2016 - 2:31pm -- WCVE

The National Endowment For The Arts and the Poetry Foundation Present: Poetry Out Loud

Be a part of the studio audience during Poetry Out Loud: 2017 Virginia Finals competition. Twelve competitors from across the Commonwealth will convene at the studios of WCVE PBS Richmond to compete for the title of state champion and represent Virginia at the national competition in May.

Click Here And Register To Be A Part Of The Studio Audience

Join us in Studio A Friday, March 10, 2017

  • Light refreshments at Noon
  • Audience Seating at 12:30 p.m.
  • Taping will take place much of the afternoon, with breaks. Please arrive promptly to ensure you are seated before the doors close to begin taping this program.

WCVE PBS will record this Virginia contest for broadcast in April on statewide public television. The program will be formatted game-show style with students representing high schools across the state.


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.