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Wisconsin Poet Laureate

The Wisconsin Poet Laureate has a mission and responsibility to contribute to the growth of poetry across the state. The Poet Laureate participates in literary events and activities each year as requested by the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and other community groups across the state. The Poet Laureate is selected by the Commission from a pool of applicants and awarded a two-year term. Find more Wisconsin Poet Laureate application information here ...

Created by Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson in Executive Order 404 on July 31, 2000, and continued by Governor Jim Doyle, the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission has as its purpose to conduct the Wisconsin Poet Laureate selection process, assign responsibilities to the elected poet laureate, and assist that individual in performing official duties. Members of the Commission include representatives from the Wisconsin Academy, the Wisconsin Center for the Book, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, and the Wisconsin Arts Board, as well as several at-large members. Learn more about the history of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Program and past Laureates here ...

In May of 2011, The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters announced its stewardship of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate program to ensure its survival after Governor Scott Walker eliminated state support for the position. 

The current Wisconsin Poet Laureate is Karla Huston. Learn more about Karla here ...

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Wisconsin Academy Administrative Offices and Steenbock Gallery
1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Phone: 608-263-1692

James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-265-2500