Poet Laureate List

Karla Huston 2017-2018 Poet Laureate

2017-2018 Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Karla Huston, lives in Appleton, Wisconsin....

Current Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser

Kimberly Blaeser, the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2015–2016, lives in Lyons Township (midway between Burlington and Lake Geneva), Wisconsin. Drawing on literal observation and the power of...

Ellen Kort (March 26, 1936 - April 21, 2015) was Wisconsin's first Poet Laureate, serving from 2001-2004. She was the author of 11 books and 8 collections of poetry, including If Death Were a...

Denise Sweet

Professor Emerita of UW-Green Bay, Denise Sweet served as the second Poet Laureate for the state of Wisconsin (2005-2008). Her book Songs For Discharming won the Council for Wisconsin...

Marilyn L. Taylor

Marilyn Taylor served as Wisconsin Poet Laureate from 2009–2010, and as Poet Laureate of Milwaukee from 2004 - 2006.   Her award-winning work has appeared in a number of poetry journals and...

Bruce Dethlefsen Wisconisn Poet Laureate

Bruce Dethlefsen was the Wisconsin Poet Laureate from 2010-2012. A retired educator and public library director living in Westfield, Dethlefsen has served as the Secretary for the Wisconsin...

2013-2014 Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland

Max Garland of Eau Claire was Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2013-2014. The Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission, in selecting Garland, praised his poetry for its richness of language, human...