On May 3-4, at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University, 730 21st Street NW, 53 high school teens from across the country will participate in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation created the program to help teens learn about classic and contemporary poetry. Top finalists and schools receive $50,000 in awards. The event is hosted by Elizabeth Acevedo, a poet, and features a performance by hip-hop artist and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. The event will be webcast live at arts.gov.