- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 29, 2007

Somewhere in the depths of your memory, you’ve probably buried a classic poem you strove to memorize, that you recited before your classroom while praying you wouldn’t trip, stutter or otherwise humiliate yourself, that sparked a lifelong love of poetry (and perhaps an aversion to public speaking). Today and tomorrow, you can relive that process — minus the stress — when American high school students participate in Poetry Out Loud, a competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. There are three semifinal rounds throughout the day today (starting at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.) and finals tomorrow evening at 7 at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St. NW). Free and open to the public. 202/682-5772. www.nea.gov or www.poetryoutloud.org.

Jenny Mayo

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