State Poets Update: Texas joins five other states with new poets laureate in 2015

Since my last update on state poets laureate back in December, new laureates have taken up office in six states. Just yesterday, Carmen Tafolla was invested as Texas State Poet Laureate. Here are the five other changes since the new year began:

To find a complete list of U.S. state poets, and to learn more about each state’s laureateship, check out our new state poets map, below. 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.

U.S. State Poets Map. Click to open interactive map.

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


  1. Margaret Shayari
    May 9, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Hello, Peter,
    How are you? Hope you will be all right. I want to know how and where to participate to be a poet laureate. I writes my own poems and nursery rhymes and I am school teacher. I know, this might not be so easy to get the honor, but this is my dream to be in this list one day.

    God bless,

  2. Peter Armenti
    May 18, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Dear Margaret,

    I’ve added your question into our Ask a Librarian system. I will be in touch with you soon with a more complete response.


    Peter Armenti

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