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[Alabama State Council on the Arts] Montgomery, AL -- Alabama’s Poetry Out Loud Champion, Raina Verser from Huntsville, placed second nationally in the Poetry Ourselves competition in Washington DC last week, for her performance of her original poem, Syllogism. An extension of the Poetry Out Loud program, Poetry Ourselves awards students for excellence in writing and performing their own poetry. Poetry Ourselves submissions were adjudicated by poet Jamaal May. May’s book Hum has won the Beatrice Hawley Award, the ALA Notable Book Award, and was a finalist for the NAACP Image award. He is the series editor, graphic designer, and filmmaker for the Organic Weapon Arts chapbook and video series.
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Alabama’s Poetry Out Loud Winner, Raina Verser of Huntsville, Placed Second Nationally in the Poetry Ourselves Competition in Washington, DC