List of U.S. states' Poets Laureate
Many U.S. states have the post of poet laureate, which is typically held by a prominent poet. The responsibilities of the poet laureate are typically similar to those of the British Poet Laureate and the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, to make public appearances and promote awareness of poetry and their geographical region.
Most holders of these titles reach preeminence by public competition, and use the office 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.
The following are the current Poets Laureate of their respective states:
|State||Current incumbent||Term of office||Notes|
|Arizona||Vacant (Selection in Progress)||2013–2015||Position created in 2012 by the state legislature.|
|California||Juan Felipe Herrera||2012–|
|District of Columbia||Dolores Kendrick||1999–|
|Idaho||Anthony Doerr||2007–2010||The title in Idaho is "Writer in Residence", not Poet Laureate|
|Now "premier poet" (unofficial laureate, a position in existence since 1929) as opposed to official laureate (since 2005)|
|Nebraska||(none)||Successor not yet named|
|New Hampshire||Walter E. Butts||2009–|
|New Jersey||(none)||Existed 1999‒2002||Amiri Baraka was Poet Laureate from 1999–2002 before the position was eliminated.|
|New York||Jean Valentine||2008–2010|
|North Carolina||Joseph Bathanti||2012–2014|
|North Dakota||Larry Woiwode||1995–|
|Rhode Island||Rick Benjamin||2013–2017|
|South Carolina||Marjory Heath Wentworth||2003–|
|South Dakota||David Allan Evans||2002–|
|Tennessee||Margaret Britton Vaughn||1999–|
|Texas||David M. Parsons||2011–|
|Washington||Kathleen Flenniken||2012–2014||Samuel Green was Poet Laureate from 2007–2009 before the position was eliminated. In 2011, the governor agreed to resume the program, provided that no state funds would be used.|
|West Virginia||Irene McKinney||1993–2012|
- "Alabama Poets Laureate". Alabama Emblems, Symbols and Honors. Alabama Department of Archives & History. 2005-04-06. Retrieved 2007-03-22.
- Press release of Gov. Ritter
- ; CCT Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism; retrieved on December 27, 2010
- ; Governor Abercrombie Proclaims Kealoha ‘Hawai'i Poet Laureate’
- William Kloefkorn, who died in 2011, had the title of Nebraska State Poet. John Neihardt is the Poet Laureate of Nebraska, a title that was permanently bestowed upon him in 1921. Lange-Kubick, Cindy (2011-05-19). "Nebraska loses state poet Bill Kloefkorn". Lincoln Journal-Star. Retrieved 2011-05-19.
- Kaye is still alive. No replacement has been named. Kaye is not a poet but a former song-writer who was selected by Gov. Grant Sawyer on the strength of his membership of the Mary Kaye Trio, which recorded fifteen albums before breaking up in the mid-1960s. "According to various press accounts, Kaye is an important figure in the creation of the Vegas lounge scene in the 1940s and at one time belonged to the Mary Kaye Trio." Although he has won awards for his music, he has not published any poetry. See: Norman Kaye's website and Steve F. Lyon. "What? You've never met Nevada's poet laureate?" Lahontan Valley News, 8 November 2004.
- "N.C. Poet Laureate Job Description". North Carolina Arts Council. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
- Oregon state Poet Laureate. U.S. Library of Congress; Baker, Jeff. "Cara Boulton named Oregon's seventh poet laureate", Oregonian (April 26, 2010)
- Samuel John Hazo was Poet Laureate from 1993‒2003 before the position was eliminated. 
- Katharine Coles. Utah Arts Council. Retrieved on July 19, 2007
- Kathleen Flenniken Named Washington State Poet Laureate for 2012-14. Retrieved on March 2, 2012
- "W.Va. poet laureate Irene McKinney dies at 72". Charleston, West Virginia: Charleston Gazette-Mail. February 4, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
- Dethlefsen is appointed new state Poet Laureate. Retrieved on November 12, 2010
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