[Surfnetkids: 15 Dec 2010] Poets Laureate

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#1. December 15, 2010

Barbara J. Feldman
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#2. Poets Laureate

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What, you may ask, is a poet laureate? A poet laureate is an official poet appointed by a government to promote poetry. Britain’s first semi-official Poet Laureate was Ben Johnson, appointed by King James I in 1617. Since 1937, the United States Library of Congress has appointed a Consultant in Poetry, also called a Poet Laureate. But it’s not just nations doing the appointing. Many states and cities also designate poets laureate.

Library of Congress: Current State Poets Laureate
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From Alabama to Wyoming, the Library of Congress lists the Poets Laureate of each state, including a notation for those states where the position is vacant or doesn’t exist. Click on any of the state links to learn more about the current honoree, and a short history of the position in that state. California, for example, established an unofficial Poet Laureate in 1915 with the appointment of Donna Coolbirth. In 2001, the position became official, with poets serving two-year terms. California’s current poet, Carol Muske-Dukes, was appointed in 2008.

Library of Congress: Poet Laureate Timeline
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Here you will find brief bios of all our American Poet Laureates, starting in 1937 with Joseph Auslander. “Auslander, who was born in Philadelphia and graduated Harvard College, was appointed in 1937 as the first Consultant in Poetry without a definite term and served four years. He was noted for his war poems, and his best-known work is ‘The Unconquerables’ (1943), a collection of poems addressed to the German-occupied countries of Europe.”

Library of Congress: US Poets Laureate: Guide to Online Resources
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This section of the Library of Congress site is still under construction, but online guides already exist for US Poets Laureate going back to 1984. Earlier years are still being filled in. Each poet’s page includes links to biographical info on the Library of Congress sites, as well as links to external pages about the poet and his work. In the right-hand column, you’ll find links to more Poetry Guides, such as Presidents as Poets and Official State Poems. “While forty-two U.S. states have an official poet laureate or state writer, only five states ? Indiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Tennessee ? have an official state poem.”

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