Tong Thao from Palmer, Alaska will be the first student competing at the Poetry Out Loud National Semifinal, Region 3, in Washington DC, 5pm ET (1 p.m. Alaska Time), Monday, April 29.
See the competition live, online.
Poetry Out Loud goes multimedia with a live webcast and viewing parties
Not in Washington, DC but still want to catch the competition? You can watch the entire semifinals and finals through a live, one-time only webcast  at www.arts.gov . Or make plans now to gather fellow poetry fans and host a Poetry Out Loud Webcast Viewing Party . Register here .
When to watch
The Poetry Out Loud semifinals take place on Monday, April 29, 2013, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm EDT, where 53 high school students from Eastern, Central, and Western/Pacific regions will compete in three, separate semifinals.
Region 1  (East Central and Northeast States): 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Region 2  (Midwest & South Central states): 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Region 3  (Upper Northwest & Western states): 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Poetry Out Loud press release