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:
- Kimberly Blaeser started her term as Wisconsin Poet Laureate on January 6;
- Shelby Stephenson took up office as North Carolina’s poet laureate on February 2;
- Benjamin Myers became Oklahoma’s poet laureate on February 11;
- George Ella Lyon was named Kentucky Poet Laureate on April 24; and
- Eric McHenry became the new Poet Laureate of Kansas on May 1
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.