The PSOV Archives are housed in a collection at the Vermont History Center in Barre, Vermont. The collection contains the complete records of the Poetry Society of Vermont, a statewide organization that promotes public awareness of poetry. The collection was given to the Vermont Historical Society in December 2005 by the creating organization (ms. acc. no. 2005.10). For more information, contact the Vermont History Center at and reference the following identifying information:

Poetry Society of Vermont
Records, 1947-present
Doc 548-549, 582-583, MSA 405-406

History – NewsPosts


    A RETROSPECTIVE BEGINNINGS A cursory review of poetry societies across the country reveals that 32 have their beginnings in—or at least now are attached to—the National Federation of State Poetry Societies organized in 1959. At least 30 are affiliated with… Continue Reading PSOV CELEBRATES 75 YEARS

  • Vermont Poet Laureate

    In 1961, Vermont established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Mary Ruefle, who was appointed to a four-year term in 2019. Ruefle is the author of over a dozen full-length poetry collections, the most recent of… Continue Reading Vermont Poet Laureate

  • PROFILE Ann B Day

    Ann B. Day with daughter Deb and grandson Haven Backlit by a late-winter glow and surrounded by books and poetry magazines, Ann Bemis Day, at 92, the oldest member of the Poetry Society of Vermont, recently talked to The Mountain… Continue Reading PROFILE Ann B Day

  • First of a Kind

    History of The PSOV, 1947-2023 On May 15th, 1947, at the Hotel Vermont in Burlington, Mary Newton Baldwin witnessed the birth of a long-cherished idea: the creation of The Poetry Society of Vermont. Long a believer “that there ought to… Continue Reading First of a Kind

  • A Look Back

    Poetry Society of Vermont History WCAX TV Program Continue reading → Continue Reading A Look Back

  • Vermont Viewpoints Podcast

    George Longenecker and Mary Rose Dougherty appeared on the WDEV radio program Vermont Viewpoints with Ric Cengeri to talk about our 75th anniversary. Their conversation is about 1:05 hours into the program.