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APRIL 12 AT 7:30 PM

More than 11,000 students from high schools across Arizona compete annually in the recitation and performance of poetry. Eight hosts the annual “poetry bee” event in our studios as nine student finalists compete for the title of Arizona State Champion and the opportunity to represent Arizona at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington D.C. Arizona Poetry Out Loud 2011 airs Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. on Eight.

Robert C. Booker, executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, serves as host.

The list of finalists, and their selected poems, include:

Reid Carter, Flagstaff High School, Flagstaff
I Am Offering this Poem by Jimmy Santiago Baca
Battle-Hymn of the Republic
by Julia Ward Howe

Grace Barker, Kingman High School, Kingman
Flirtation by Rita Dove
Her Kind by Anne Sexton
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Allina Burniston-Perez, Sedona Red Rock High School Sedona
On the Death of Richard West by Thomas Gray
Memory As a Hearing Aid by Tony Hoagland
The Properly Scholarly Attitude by Adelaide Crapsey

Steffi McNerney, St. Gregory Preparatory, Tucson
The Days Gone By by James Whitcomb Riley
The Uniform by Marvin Bell
The Meaning of the Shovel by Martin Espada

Naomi Blackwell, Tucson High Magnet School, Tucson
Alone by Edgar Allan Poe
Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen
Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Samantha Neville, Tucson High Magnet School. Tucson
Chorus Sacerdotum by Fulke Greville
I Am the People, the Mob by Carl Sandburg
Nocturne by Li-Young Lee

Carly Bates, Arizona School for the Arts, Phoenix
A Dream Within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe
Hysteria by Dionisio D. Martinez
Contraction by Ravi Shankar

Travis Marino, Freedom Christian Academy, Queen Creek
A Dream Within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe
The Tyger by William Blake
Song of the Powers by David Mason

Lindsey Bulloch, Mountain View High School, Mesa
Revenge by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
The Lamb by Linda Gregg
Testimonial by Rita Dove

Arizona Poetry Out Loud is a program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. An Eight original production.

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Eight, Arizona PBS specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture -- utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems. With more than 1 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station's annual budget.

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