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Poetry Out Loud

Program Overview

Poetry Out Load RecitationCreated by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a national competition for high school students that encourages them to memorize and recite great works of poetry.

Participation begins at the classroom level around the country. Teachers organize contests involving one class or a whole school with the winners advancing to the state finals, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. Contestants choose and learn about poems from an extensive online anthology of classical and contemporary poetry while mastering public speaking skills as well as building self-confidence.

Vermont Poetry Out Loud Schedule

December 3, 2014 - school registration deadline
February 19, 2015 - school champion registration deadline
March 11, 2015 - semi-finals (regions 1 and 2) at Barre Opera House
March 19, 2015 - finals at Vermont PBS studios

Online Registration Form

Participating schools must register online by December 3, 2014.

See Poetry Out Loud Online

Poetry Out Load RecitationPBS Vermont broadcasts the Poetry Out Loud Vermont State Finals live. You can  watch the finals online any time.

Finalists were selected from the 40 students who recited the work of noted poets at the Vermont Poetry Out Loud Semi-Finals at the Barre Opera House March 14 (watch the semi-finals here).

Photos from the Semi-Finals are in the Council's Flickr stream.


Poetry Out Loud Teacher’s Guide
The latest version of the Teacher’s Guide includes tips for making the program a success at your school, optional scoring rubrics, and suggested lesson plans.

Guest artist visits
Request a guest artist visit your school (free of charge) to help students with their recitation skills.

Recitation tips
These video clips will help you understand what makes a recitation excellent and what our judges are looking for.

Vermont Poetry Out Loud Facebook page
Like our Facebook page and follow POL updates from around the state and country. Post your own recitation videos and see what the competition is up to.

10 tips for making the program a success at your school
A list of great ideas that can help you make Poetry Out Loud part of the culture of your school.

Poetry Out Loud and the Common Core
POL addresses a number of standards including the Common Core, the Vermont Framework, and the NCTE English Teaching Standards.

Participating Schools

The following schools are participating in the Vermont Poetry Out Loud program in 2014:

Arlington Memorial High School
Burr and Burton Academy
Bellows Free Academy
BFA Fairfax High School
Black River High School
Burlington High School
Brattleboro Union High School
Champlain Valley Union High School
Chelsea Public School
Danville High School
Essex High School
Fair Haven Union High School
Green Mountain Union High School
Harwood Union Middle/High School
Lake Region Union High School
Lyndon Institute
Middlebury Union High School
Miller River Union
Milton High School
Missisquoi Valley Union High School
Montpelier High School
Mount Abraham Union High School
Mount Mansfield Union High School
Mount Anthony Union High School
Northfield High School
Otter Valley Union High School
Oxbow Union High School
Peoples Academy High School
Poultney High School
Randolph Union High School
Rice Memorial High School
South Burlington High School
Spaulding High School
Southern Vermont Technical Center
St. Johnsbury Academy
The Sharon Academy
The Putney School
Thetford Academy
Vermont Academy
West Rutland High School
Whitcomb High School
Williamstown High School
Woodstock Union High School


If you have any questions about Poetry Out Loud, email Ben Doyle, Arts Education Program Manager for the Vermont Arts Council or call him at 802.828.3778.

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In Vermont, Poetry Out Loud is presented by the Vermont Arts Council in partnership with The Vermont Principals Association and Vermont Public Television.