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 […]

“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, […]