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Student Competition Spurs Interest in Poetry

Students compete in National Poetry Out Loud, the first annual poetry recitation contest. Jeffrey Brown reports.

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  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    This isn't "American Idol." It's a poetry competition. High school students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia battling it out in the first Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.

  • STUDENT POET:

    I acknowledge my status as a stranger.

  • JEFFREY BROWN:

    It's a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, state arts agencies, and the Poetry Foundation, the NewsHour's partner in our poetry project.

  • ANNOUNCER:

    Our first prize winner, the champion of Poetry Out Loud…

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