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"Poetry Out Loud" Packs 'Em In

Oregon Arts Commission via Vimeo

You certainly can enjoy poetry in silence, with just you and the poem present. 

But lots of people think poetry is meant to be read out loud.  And that's exactly what happens at the Poetry Out Loudcontests across the country. 

A record 38 Oregon high schools are participating this year. 

The coordinator of the program at the Oregon Arts Commission joins us with details. 


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.