Vermont Arts Council

Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2019 Semifinals

The Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2019 Semifinals are scheduled for March 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Barre Opera House. The snow date is March 11.

Champions from thirty-one high schools across the state will compete. Ten finalists will be named at the end of the day, and will continue to the State Championship held Monday March 18 in partnership with Vermont PBS at their studios in Colchester. The state champion will move on to the National Championship held April 29-May 3 at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

The event 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

Burlington High School
Peoples Academy
Oxbow High School
Mount Mansfield
The Sharon Academy
Danville School
Randolph Union High School
Northfield High School
Thetford Academy
Hazen Union School
Spaulding High School
Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax
Champlain Valley Union High School
Saint Johnsbury Academy
South Burlington High School
White River Valley High School

region two | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

schools listed in performance order

Milton High School
Woodstock Union High School
Poultney High School
Killington Mountain School
Harwood Union High School
Burr and Burton Academy
Mount Abraham Union High School
Lyndon Institute
Rice Memorial High School
Vermont Academy
Arlington Memorial High School
Proctor Jr.-Sr. High School
Mississquoi Valley Union High School
Bellows Free Academy, Saint Albans
Brattleboro Union High School


region one candids, region one reciting, region one acknowledgment, region two candids, region two reciting, region two acknowledgment. All by Sam Simon.

Release Form

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

release form for students eighteen and over
release form for students under eighteen


The Barre Opera House is physically accessible for visitors who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids, and those who prefer not to use stairs.

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

Thank You!

logoPoetry Out Loud is supported in part by a generous grant from the George W. Mergens Foundation. We are also grateful to our sponsor, the National Life Group.

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