Michael T. Brown is reading poems by Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman for this years' national Poetry Out Loud recitation competition. The winner receives a $20,000 college scholarship.
By Sylvia Maria Gross and Kelley Weiss
Kansas City, MO – Blue Springs South High School junior Michael T. Brown was introduced to poetry by his grandmother. But it probably didn't take much to hook him - he's a writer, and involved in music, theater and speech. And right now, he's with his mom in Washington DC, representing Missouri in the national Poetry Out Loud recitation competition. The contest is hosted by NPR's Scott Simon, and A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor is one of the judges.