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Wisconsin Champion to Compete in National Poetry Out Loud Competition

On April 27-29, Chantal Tribble, Wisconsin Poetry Out Loud (POL) champion, will compete in the national Poetry Out Loud contest in Washington, DC. The junior from Milwaukee High School of the Arts won the Wisconsin POL contest on Sat., March 12. She competed against 10 winners of five regional contests from across Wisconsin. Coming in second was her school mate, Annetta Martin, and third Tia Gilmore, Memorial High School, Madison.

Also participating were Lisa Coffen and Jenna Dart, Rhinelander High School; Laura Belling and Bird Myers, Eau Claire Regis High School; Abigail Kramer, Arcadia High School; Nate Wicka, Desoto High School; Shannon Fields, Stoughton High School; and Clair Sprenger, Brookfield Central High School.

In Washington DC, Tribble will compete against 52 contestants for a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends. Actress and arts advocate Kerry Washington will host the 2011 POL National Finals on April 29. Judging the Finals are poets Valerie Martínez, Thomas Sayers Ellis, and Brian Turner, actress and author Amber Tamblyn, playwright/actress/director Aditi Brennan Kapil, and Michael Kahn, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

The semi finals will be streamed live on April 28, from 9 am-8 pm.  Chantal Tribble will be performing in the semis in the afternoon of April 28. The finals will also be streamed live on April 29, from 7 pm - 9 pm.  Use this link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/poetry-out-loud-finals.

Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.