I’m delighted to serve once more as a judge for the 2018 Mississippi Poetry Out Loud state contest. Few are the pleasures greater than a room full of people who love poetry; one such room will be cohering tomorrow at 1pm at the Mississippi Public Broadcasting studios in Jackson, as high school students from around the state gather to recite great poems by canonical and contemporary poets alike. Mississippi has a strong track record of national winners, and it’s always a thrill to see the talent on display. For anyone in the Jackson area, the contest is free and open to the public, and will be aired on state media in days to come. Come watch!