Poet Laureate List

2019 - 2020 Wisconsin Poet Laureate

Life-long Wisconsin resident Margaret Rozga, Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2019–2020, lives in Milwaukee. She earned her BA at Alverno College and an MA and PhD in English at the University of...

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...

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 L. Taylor, Ph.D., former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin (2009-2010) and of the city of Milwaukee, is the author of eight collections of poetry, the most...

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...

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...