Vermont Arts Council

Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2018 Semifinals

The Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2018 semifinals have been rescheduled for March 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Barre Opera House.

Champions from 33 high schools across the state will come to compete. Ten finalists will be named at the end of the day, and continue to the State Finals held March 15 in partnership with Vermont PBS at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester. The state champion will move on to the National Championship held April 23-25 at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

The Semifinals can be seen via live stream on the Vermont Poetry Out Loud Facebook page.


region one | 10 a.m. – noon

Schools listed in performance order:

Region One students should plan to arrive by 9 a.m. for orientation; Region Two by noon.

South Royalton High School
The Sharon Academy
Montpelier High School
Northfield High School
South Burlington High School
Bellows Free Academy | Fairfax
Hazen Union School
Essex High School
Rice Memorial High School
St. Johnsbury Academy
Otter Valley Union High School
Burlington High School
Mount Mansfield Union High School
Harwood Union High School
Spaulding High School
Oxbow High School
Lyndon Institute
Peoples Academy

Champions from 33 high schools across the state will compete.

region two | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Schools listed in performance order:

Champlain Valley Union High School
Proctor Jr./ Sr. High School
Bellows Free Academy | St. Albans
Poultney High School
Vermont Academy
Woodstock Union High School
Burr and Burton Academy
Mount Anthony Union High School
Mount Abraham Union High School
Twin Valley Middle High School
Brattleboro Union High School
Lake Region Union High School
Thetford Academy
Arlington Memorial High School
Milton High School

Release Form

All students must submit one of these forms before the competition:

release form for students 18 and over
release form for students under 18


The Barre Opera House is physically accessible for visitors who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids, and those who prefer not to use stairs. We invite you to contact us with specific accommodations you need to facilitate your participation in the event, and will make every effort to honor requests made by March 2.

Questions regarding accessibility may be addressed to Michele Bailey, 504/ADA coordinator and senior program director at [email protected] or at 802.828.3294. Voice and relay calls are welcome.