Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What is a Poet Laureate?

Just like birds, rocks, trees, and flags, many states have official state poets.

Ava Leveall Haymon, current Poet Laureate of Louisiana

A poet laureate is a writer who is officially appointed by an institution, typically governmental, to be the poet for that region/state. The poet laureate serves as a cultural representative of the area and is expected, when called upon, to write poems for certain occasions or special events.

Currently, there are 45 official Poets Laureate in the United States. You may be asking yourself, "Who are they, and what do they really do?" Find out.

If you are interested, be sure to look up information on your state's Poet Laureate. You may discover that you really enjoy his or her work.

This week's Thirsty Thursday is going to feature Natasha Trethewey, the 2012 Poet Laureate for Mississippi and the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States. Click here to read her poem "Miscegenation."

Image Source
ALH: http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/images/AuthorImages/2013/HaymonAvaLeveall.jpg

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