2013 Poetry Out Loud Semifinalists

Here they are, the 2013 Poetry Out Loud semifinalists – 110 in all – arranged in what will be their order of performance on Monday, February 4th – Good Luck to All!

Period 1 (16 semifinalists)
Danny Blase – “An American Soldier”
Luke Schissler – “Nocturne” by Li-Young Lee
Joe Sateriale – “Break of Day in the Trenches” Isaac Rosenberg
Nicollette Moodie – “The Farmer” by W.D. Ehrhart
Nicole Rigby – “Self-Inquiry Before the Job Interview” by Gary Soto
Chenet Guerrier – “April Love”
Ada Wiggins- “Ego” by Denise Duhamel
Rachel Seeley – “The Gift” by Li Young Lee
Tommy Bezreh – “Carnival” by Rebecca Lindenberg
Kaitlyn Lynch – “I’m a Fool to Love You” by Cornelius Eady
Shannon Callahan – “The Layers” by Stanley Kunitz
Tim Sunnerberg – “Broken Promises”
Nicole Scola – “Time Does Not Bring Relief: You All Have Lied” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Alison Pflanz – “The Truly Great” by Stephen Spender
Danae Hoeman “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou
Paul Terranova – “Israfel” by Edgar Allen Poe

Period 2 (14 semifinalists)
Melissa Baumgartner – “The End of Science Fiction” by Lisel Mueller
Melanie Fulcher – “The Film” by Kate Northrop
Michael Garcia– “The Coming of the Plague” by Weldon Kees
Jack O’Sullivan – “The War in the Air” by Howard Nemerov
Rosie Nabukeera– “Across the Bay” by Donald Davie
Sumail Sajid – “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by  Robert Frost
Briana LoRusso – “April Midnight” by Arthur Symons
Emily Martin – “A History Without Suffering” by E.A. Markham
Miranda Russo – “The Albatross” by Kate Bass
Eric Salina – “The Bad Old Days” by Kenneth Rexroth
Tyler Gaffey – Sonnet XVIII by William Shakespeare
Stuti Shah – “They Feed They Lion” by Philip Levine
Kate Arsenault – “Solitude” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Nicole Apostolopoulos – “Echo” by Daryl Hine

Period 3 (14 semifinalists)
Hope Becker – Fierce Girl Playing Hopscotch
Keith Walker – “Faith” by David Baker
Kerry Alexander – “Retired Ballerinas, Central Park West” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Edward Gelberg  – “The Last Laugh” by Wilfred Owen
Allie Hardy – Sweetness
Patrick Hoarty – “Blow Blow the Winter Wind” by William Shakespeare
Gabrielle Goulette – “September 1918” by Amy Lowell
Natasha Mupenzi – “At Cross Purposes” by Samuel Menashe
Dean Boodakian– “England in 1819” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Hannah Miksenas,  “Father” by Edgar Albert Guest
Kylie DeVarney – “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost
David Huynh – “Piano” by D.H. Lawrence
Havanah Becker –“Ego”–Denise Duhamel
Bryan Miranda– “Hap” by Thomas Hardy

Period 4 (18 semifinalists)
Timmy Sullivan – “The End of Science Fiction” – Lisel Mueller
Brad Hogan – “Battlefield” by Mark Turcotte
Shabina Wigneswaran “Beautiful Wreckage” by W.D. Ehrhart
Meghan Welch – “Here” by Joshua Meghigan
Hannah Lienhard – “Movement Song” by Audre Lorde
Sarah Horwitz – “Beautiful Wreckage” by W.D. Ehrhart
Maya Russell – “These Poems, She Said” by Robert Bringhurst
Pablo Aguilar – “Grief” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Kylie Scott – “Beaudelaire”
Pranav Menon – “A Farmer Remembers Lincoln” by Witter Bynner
Clarice Rwakabuba – “Paradox” by Paula Laurence Dunbar
George Balian – “Meeting at Night” by: Robert Browning
Sarah Iler – “Early Affection” – George Moses Horton
Eddie Mitchell– “Golden Retrievals” by Mark Doty
James Hoffman, “Football” by Louis Jenkins
Simon Leoterio – “Eagle Poem” by Joy Harjo
Cassi Kacoyannakis – “Candles” by Carl Dennis
Jaime Cahoon – “The Albatross” by Kate Bass

Period 5 (18 semifinalists)
Brooke Hindle – “Russell Market” by Maurya Simon
Gina Gilstrap – “Canonization” by John Donne
Courtney Brown – “Solitude” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Mark Simons – “Abandoned Farmhouse” by Ted Kooser
Xavier Little – “A Blind Fisherman” by Stanley Moss
Sean McCrobie — “Himself” by Thomas P. Lynch
John Kelley – “The Second Coming  “ by William Butler Yeats
Jon Chellalli – “Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg”
Kailey Sparks – “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost
Brian Wong – “Ghazal” by Agha Shahid Ali
Sana Afzal – “Enough” by Suzanne Buffam
Marissa Coté – “Memory as a Hearing Aid” by Tony Hoagland
Mark Woods – “These Poems, She Said” by Robert Bringhurst
Chris Coe — “Strange Meeting” by Wilfred Owen
Shannon Carey – “Echo” – Daryl Hine
Isha Mehta – “Cartoon Physics”
Praveen Menon – “Abandoned Farmhouse” by Ted Kooser
Shane Manfredi – “The Painter” by John Ashbery

Period 6 (16 semifinalists)
NON-COMPETING PERFORMER — Laura Simon-Pearson — “Ghazal” by Agha Shahid Ali
Jonathan Garcia– “I carry your heart with me (i carry it in) by E.E. Cummings
Sarah Burnham: “War Widow” by Chris Abani
Andrew Kolifrath – “The Legend”
Holly Brouillette – “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen
Brenda Nankumba – “‘Hope’ is a thing with feathers” – Emily Dickinson
Aya Taha– “Like Rousseau” by Amiri Baraka
Kristen Healey – “The Empty Dance Shoes” by Cornelius Eady
Evan Amuzzini – “The Chimney Sweeper, When my mother died I was very young” by W. Blake
Syed Ghani — “A Red, Red Rose,” by Robert Burns
Nikhil Thakkar – “Bent to the Earth” by Blas Manuel de Luna
Kailee Abeshaus – “Dancers Exercising” by Amy Clampitt
Netishen – Kevin MacDonald – “Heaven”
Ashley Ryan – “The Arrow and the Song” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Cam Feeley “A Birthday” by Christina Rossetti
Cameron DeChiara – “London” by William Blake
Katrina Gilstrap — “Prisoners,” by Denise Levertov

Period 7 (14 semifinalists)
Bilal Rabbani – “Break, Break, Break” by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Ken Brown – “The Tyger” by William Blake
Nareg Adourian – “Catch a Little Rhyme” – Eve Merriam
Kristyna Flaherty – “Gulf Memo” by Stephen Sandy
Nathalia Machado – “A Birthday” – Christina Rossetti
Sherif Mehdi– “Spring” by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Griffin Sullivan “Old Men Playing Bsketball” by B.H. Fairchild
Kubra Umit — “I Can’t Tell,” by Orhan Veli Kanik
Brendon Ryan – “The Star” by Ann Taylor
Shane O’Halloran – “Analysis of Baseball” by May Swensen
Kristin Markuson– “Ways of Talking” by Ha Jin
Brianna Esposito – “To Her Father with Some Verses” by Anne Bradstreet
Sule Umit — “Free,” by Orhan Veli Kanik
Anne Zhang – “Love Armed” by Aphra Behn

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