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Nominations sought for new Louisiana Poet Laureate

Selection committee to make recommendations to Governor Edwards
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Posted at 2:48 PM, Jan 14, 2021

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, authorized by the Governor and State of Louisiana, is seeking nominations for Louisiana’s next Poet Laureate.

The public can submit recommendations to the LEH now through Feb. 24, 2021.

As Louisiana’s literary ambassador for two years, the Poet Laureate travels the state encouraging fellow Louisianans to explore and engage with poetry.

The current Poet Laureate, John Warner Smith, has served in the position since 2019. Smith's term ends this August.

Past Poets Laureate include Emma Wilson Emery, Pinkie Gordon Lane, Brenda Marie Osbey, Darrell Bourque, Julie Kane, Jack Bedell and more.

The LEH oversees the Louisiana Poet Laureate nomination process in partnership with the Governor of Louisiana and sponsors Poet Laureate public programming in libraries, museums, schools, community centers and other non-profit cultural institutions throughout the state.

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