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Poet Laureate of Virginia

The position of Poet Laureate of Virginia was established December 18, 1936 by the General Assembly.

Originally the Poet Laureate of Virginia was appointed without outside consultation by the General Assembly, usually for one year. The procedure was later changed and most recently codified in 1998 in Virginia Code, Sec. 7.1–43. The text of the law follows:

7.1-43. Poet laureate.
The honorary position of Poet Laureate of Virginia is hereby created. Beginning in 1998, the Governor may appoint a poet laureate from a list of nominees submitted by the Poetry Society of Virginia. Each poet laureate shall serve a term of two years with no restrictions on reappointment.
(1997, c. 299.)

The Virginia General Assembly confirms the governor's appointment. [1]


List of Poets Laureate of VirginiaEdit

Current Poet Laureate:

Former Poets Laureate:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Virginia Law and Library of Congress List of Virginia Poets Laureate

External linksEdit