State Poets Update: New Laureates for Missouri, Wyoming, and Virginia

My last update on state poets laureate was in December 2015, so this post is long overdue! As I reviewed my files for this post, I was surprised to learn that during the past seven months the Poets Laureate of ten states have changed. In fact, just in the past few weeks three new state Poets Laureate have been appointed:

And here are the other changes in state Poet Laureate positions since the beginning of the year:

As of this posting, forty-three states have an official position of state Poet Laureate. Two states, Alaska and Idaho, have a position for “State Writer Laureate” and “Writer-in-Residence,” respectively. The position of state Poet Laureate or State Writer is occupied in forty-one of these forty-five states.

The five states with no Poet Laureate or State Writer position are Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. If you live in one of these states and are interested in how you can help establish a Poet Laureate position, I shared some ideas on how to do so in a May 2014 blog post.

To find a complete list of U.S. state poets, and to learn more about each state’s laureateship, you can explore our state poets map. Click on the image of the map to be brought to an interactive version; you can use its drop-down menu to browse the list of current laureates.

Map of State Poets Laureate. Click to open interactive map and locate your state’s current poet laureate.

Map of State Poets Laureate. Click to open interactive map and locate your state’s current poet laureate.

Five questions with Catalina Gómez, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Reading Room

The following cross-post was written by Catalina Gómez and originally appeared on the Library of Congress “Teaching with the Library” blog. Catalina Gomez Describe what you do at the Library of Congress and the materials you work with. I am a reference librarian in the Library’s Hispanic Reading Room, which serves as a research center […]

Letters About Literature: Dear Maya Angelou

The following cross-post was written by Erin Allen and originally appeared on the Library of Congress blog. Last month, the Library announced the 2016 winners of the Letters About Literature contest, a national reading and writing program that asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how […]

“To Find Our Larger Self”: An Interview with Juan Felipe Herrera

As a follow-up to the publication of “@ the Crossroads—A Sudden Poem”—written by our Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and originally published as part of the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series on July 10th—Poetry and Literature Center Head Robert Casper conducted an interview over e-mail with the Poet Laureate. — The U.S. Poet Laureate is not required to write […]

“@ the Crossroads—A Sudden American Poem” by 21st Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

A quick post to enclose the below, which was written by our Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and originally published as part of the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series yesterday, July 10th. @ the Crossroads—A Sudden American Poem Juan Felipe Herrera, 1948 . RIP Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Dallas police officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, […]

From the Archive: Jane Hirshfield at the 2009 National Book Festival

I’m excited to announce the launch of a new From the Catbird Seat series, “From the Archive.” The monthly series will champion the Library’s literary programming by highlighting audio and video recordings drawn from the Library’s extensive online collections, including the recently released Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. The series, by showcasing the works […]

Capital Pride LGBT Poetry Event Webcast

Hello again! A happy note to let you know that we were able to get the webcast for our 2014 LGBT literary program up, which I referenced earlier this month as part of From the Catbird’s Seat’s “Literary Treasures” series. You can view it by either finding it below or visiting the Library’s webcast webpage. […]

Literary Treasures: LGBT Literary Event

The following post is part of our From the Catbird Seat series, “Literary Treasures.” The monthly series champions the Library’s literary programming by highlighting audio and video recordings drawn from the Library’s extensive online collections, including the recently released Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature. The series, by showcasing the works and thoughts of some […]

Commencement Addresses by U.S. Poets Laureate

It’s commencement season across college and university campuses, which can mean only one thing: celebrities, politicians, business executives, famous graduates, and other notable citizens invited to address the current crop of graduates have wrestled with the best way to share their experience, advice, and encouragement while avoiding the clichés and truisms that often are the […]