Poetry Out Loud State Finals

Amid the Mardi Gras madness, I’m delighted to serve as one of the judges for the Mississippi Poetry Out Loud state contest tomorrow, beginning at 1pm at the Mississippi Public Broadcasting studios in Jackson. POL is one of the state’s great treasures, a wonderful opportunity to see the talents of Mississippi’s hard-working high school students, and in recent years we’ve had a strong showing from our national contestants — in 2012, Kristen Dupard went on to win the national championship. The contest is free and open to the public, and the televised edition will be broadcast on March 29 on MPB. For anyone in the Jackson area, take a long lunch break and come join us!