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Poetry Out Loud

Watch the 2017 Poetry Out Loud state finals – when 10 talented Vermont high school students met in our studio, vying to advance to the national finals!

The national poetry recitation competition has ignited a passion for poetry among high school students across the country. Students are challenged to learn and bring to life an established poetic work, with one winner from each state going on to the national competition. These kids are good!

Watch 2017 State Finals

Ten Finalists

Congratulations to Aliyah Burr – Burlington High School | Alyese Caruso-Randall – Bellows Free Academy Fairfax | Taite Clark – The Sharon Academy | Jaime DeKett – Saint Johnsbury Academy | Abigail Detrick – Northfield High School | Emily Friedrichsen – Champlain Valley Union High School | Kira Hansen – Mount Anthony Union High School | Emily Klar – Lake Region Union High School | Casey Ober – Mount Abraham Union High School, and Gracie Smith - Arlington Memorial High School!

Poetry of years past...

2015 Finals

2014 Finals

2016 Finals

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For more great poetry, check out our new series, Poets And Their Craft.
Vermont PBS brings eleven of Vermont’s leading poets together in a new series, recorded in front of live audiences at intimate bookstore settings across the state. Eleven Vermont poets read and discuss their work in highlights from a statewide 2015 Poets & Their Craft lecture series held at bookstores across Vermont.


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