poets laureate

List of U.S. states' Poets laureate

Many US states have posts occupied by prominent poets and entitled Poet Laureate of .... The responsibilities are typically similar to those of the Poet Laureate and the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.

Most holders of the these titles reach pre-eminence by public competition, and use the office responsibly to further the knowledge and enjoyment of poetry and the written word by citizens of the states in which they hold office.

Laureates have occasionally been controversial; former New Jersey laureate Amiri Baraka refused to resign after a controversy over a poem, and so New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey abolished the position of poet laureate.

The following are the Poets Laureate of their respective states:

State Poet Laureate Term of office
Alabama

Sue Walker 2003-2007
Alaska

John Straley
Arkansas

Peggy Vining
California Al Young
Mary Crow
Connecticut

John Hollander
Delaware

Fleda Brown
Florida

Edmund Skellings
Georgia

David Bottoms
Idaho

Kim Barnes
Illinois

Kevin Stein
Indiana

Joyce Brinkman
Iowa

Robert Dana
Kansas

Denise Low 2007-2009
Kentucky

Sena Jeter Naslund
Louisiana

Brenda Marie Osbey
Maine

Betsy Sholl
Maryland

Michael S. Glaser
Minnesota

Robert Bly
Mississippi

Winifred Hamrick Farrar
Missouri

Walter Bargen
Montana

Sandra Alcosser
Nebraska

William Kloefkorn
Nevada

Norman Kaye
New Hampshire

Patricia Fargnoli
New York

Billy Collins
North Carolina

Kathryn Stripling Byer
North Dakota

Larry Woiwode
Oklahoma

Francine Ringold
Oregon

Lawson Fusao Inada
Rhode Island

Tom Chandler
South Carolina

Marjory Heath Wentworth
South Dakota

David Allan Evans
Tennessee

Margaret Britton Vaughn
Texas

Alan Birkelbach
Utah

Katharine Coles 2006-2011
Vermont

Ruth Stone
Virginia

George Garrett
Washington

Samuel Green
West Virginia

Irene McKinney
Wisconsin

Denise Sweet
Wyoming

David Romtvedt

There is no such position in Arizona, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio or Pennsylvania. Hawaii has a state writer.

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