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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Announces Nathalie Dary as 2013 Poetry Out Loud District Champion

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Freshman from Archbishop Carroll to represent the District of Columbia in the National Finals
2013 Poetry Out Loud District Finals

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is proud to announce that Nathalie Dary, a freshman at Archbishop Carroll High School in Northeast Washington, received the title of 2013 Poetry Out Loud District Champion at the District Finals held on Monday, March 18, 2013. The competition was held in the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

Dary’s recitations of Poor Angels by Edward Hirsch, Insomnia by Dante Rossetti and Vixen by M.S. Merwin advanced her to compete for the National Poetry Out Loud championship at the Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University in Washington, DC on April 28-30, 2013.

Nine high school students from DC public, charter and private schools competed at the District Finals. Jayme Lawson, a sophomore at Duke Ellington School of the Arts won second place. Sam Giradot from St. Anselm’s Abbey School won third place. More than 2,000 DC students took part in Poetry Out Loud classroom activities in 2013.

“The District of Columbia Finals of Poetry Out Loud highlights the great work that is being achieved in our schools,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “This program helps to foster a lifelong appreciation of the humanities and develops strong leaders of tomorrow.”

The competition featured performances by local artists and arts organizations including Split this Rock’s DC Youth Slam Team, DJ RBI with Words, Beats and Life, and Regie Cabico, a local poet and spoken word artist, and teachers Jonathan Vaile (St. Anselm’s Abbey School), Lisa Pegram (Washington Latin Public Charter School) and Andrew Ratner (Archbishop Carroll Senior High School). Television and radio personality, Free, emceed the event.

About Poetry Out Loud - Poetry Out Loud is a national competition that seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry - recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of the oral art form of poetry, as seen in the slam poetry and spoken word movements.  The program invites these dynamic aspects into the classroom, where teachers engage students through classroom memorization, performances and competition.  Through Poetry Out Loud, students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

Poetry Out Loud is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The District of Columbia piloted the program in 2005.

Get involved in 2014 – High school teachers who are interested in participating in the 2014 Poetry Out Loud program must contact the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to reigster. Contact Carlyn Madden, Arts Education Manager at (202) 724-5613, or visit www.poetryoutloud.org for more information.  

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia.

The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.