POL StudentMckenzie Page, Henrico High School
Don Mears, Photographer

Recordings of Poetry Out Loud

In 2015 and 2016 the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) in partnership with WCVE Community Idea Stations and the Virginia Education Association (VEA) recorded and broadcast The Virginia Finals expanding the viewing audience across the Commonwealth.  VCA Executive Director, Margaret Vanderhye, stated, “ We are pleased to be working once again with the VEA and WCVE to showcase Poetry Out Loud and the talented high school students who participate in it. To see these young people express their understanding of poetry through the connections with audiences that our partners make possible across the state elevates the arts for all of us.” Twelve students from across the Commonwealth advanced to the state championship, which took place on March 18, 2016. Recordings and photographs are provided below.

2016 Poetry Out Loud: The Virginia Finals

2016 National Finals

VIDEO, Click to download from Dropbox.

Ahkei Togun (VA), "Bereavement" by William Lisle Bowles

2016 Semifinals

VIDEO, Click link to download from Dropbox

Ahkei Togun (VA), "I'm a Fool to Love You" by Cornelius Eady

2015 Poetry Out Loud: The Virginia Finals

2015 Poetry Out Loud Virginia Promotional Video

2016 Virginia Poetry Out Loud State Finals Photo Album

For any questions related to participation in the official Poetry Out Loud Program contact:

Casey Polczynski
Arts in Education Coordinator
Virginia Commission for the Arts
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