Podcasts Pop CultureMarch 12, 2010


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New Jersey is holding its fifth annual Poetry Out Loud! recitation contest at Drumthwacket, the governor’s mansion in Princeton, on Thursday, March 18. The winner of the State Finals goes on to represent the Garden State at the national competition in Washington, DC. Producer Christopher Benincasa speaks with Poetry Out Loud’s MC Alysia Souder about the impact this program is having on the lives of high school students — some of whom are discovering poetry for the first time because of it.

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Christopher Benincasa
Christopher Benincasa

Christopher Benincasa is an award-winning producer of arts and culture programming, and a founding member of PCK Media. He’s won six regional Emmy Awards (Mid-Atlantic and New York) for his work on the series State of the Arts, plus a CINE Golden Eagle Award. Most recently, he produced stories about Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn, silversmith and MacArthur Genius Award-winner Ubaldo Vitali, and gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wremble. A graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Christopher has a BFA in Visual Art and a minor in Religion.