Paula Routly

Paula Routly
Paula Routly

Time Period

1940 to Today

Subject Categories

Arts, Business, Writers

Notable Facts

Co-founder of Seven Days, Vermont's alternative print and web weekly.

Personal Information

Date of Birth


Primary Residence




Historical Significance

Paula Routly is BEST known for co-founding "Seven Days," Vermont's alternative print and web weekly. She created the media company along with Pamela Polston, making Seven Days owned and operated by women. Seven Days is a free alternative weekly that is circulated within two hours of Burlington. Paula Routly is originally from Maryland, and attended Middlebury College. Polston and Routly met in 1986 while working for the Vanguard PRESS. At the Vanguard, Routly was a freelance dance critic. After the Vanguard was replaced by the Vermont Times, Routly became the arts editor. In 1995, while working for the Vermont Times, Routly was asked to create an arts-only paper. along with Pamela Polston, she formed A sister paper, VOX, which thrived for four months. Soon after VOX was founded, the Vermont Times was put up for sale, so Routly and Polston left to form their own paper. On September 6, 1995, within six weeks of ITS founding, Seven Days was on the streets. Through their hard work and dedication, Paula Routly and Pamela Polston have grown Seven Days from a 28-page paper to a 100-plus page paper in two sections. Seven Days also publishes a dining guide, website and student guide.


  • Writer and Editor


  • BA Middlebury College

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Information and History about Seven Days Link

  • Interview with Routly and Polston Link

  • Video of Seven Days 12th Birthday, Polston and Routly talk about founding the paper Link

  • Founding and history of "Seven Days" Link

  • Article about founding of Seven Days Link