We’ve just heard from an unnamed source in Washington that Amber Rose Johnson, Rhode Island’s state Poetry Out Loud champion, has advanced to the finals in the national competition, which is being held tonight at the Lisner Auditorium in our nation’s capital! Amber successfully competed in yesterday’s regional finals, and is now one of nine finalists to compete at this evening’s final event.
Poetry Out Loud is a program sponsored nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and The Poetry Foundation in Chicago. Organized along the lines of the national spelling bee, Poetry Out Loud promotes competitions at the high school level throughout the country, with local winners going on to state finals, and from there to the national championship competition.
Good luck, Amber!