Vermont Arts Council

Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2020 Semifinals

The Vermont Poetry Out Loud 2020 Semifinals are scheduled for March 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Barre Opera House. The snow date is March 9.

Champions from twenty-seven 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 16 in partnership with Vermont PBS at their studios in Colchester. The state champion will move on to the National Championship held April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.

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


Region I Presentation Order

Peoples Academy
Spaulding High School
White River Valley High School
Lyndon Institute
Bellows Free Academy-Fairfax
Burlington High School
Harwood Union High School
South Burlington High School
Thetford Academy
Williamstown Middle High School
St. Johnsbury Academy
Mt. Abraham Union High School
Hazen Union High School
Mount Mansfield Union High School

Region II Presentation Order

Brattleboro Union High School
Poultney High School
Bellows Free Academy – St. Albans
Woodstock Union High School
Milton High School
Burr and Burton Academy
Arlington Memorial High School
Stratton Mountain School
Rice Memorial High School
Champlain Valley Union High School
U-32 High School
Green Mountain Union High School
Vermont Academy

Release Form

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


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 802.828.3294. Voice and relay calls are welcome.

Thank You!

Poetry Out Loud is supported in part by a generous grant from the George W. Mergens Foundation and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Local sponsors include Northfield Savings Bank and Fothergill Segale & Valley, CPAs.

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