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U.S. Poet Laureate
The Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress serves as the nation's official lightning rod for the poetic impulse of Americans. During his or her term, the Poet Laureate seeks to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry. The Poet Laureate is appointed annually by the Librarian of Congress and serves from October to May. The Laureate receives a $35,000 annual stipend funded by a gift from Archer M. Huntington.


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2017- on          Tracy K. Smith (term started June, 2017)

2015-2017        Juan Felipe Herrera 

2014-2015        Charles Wright

2012-2014        Natasha Trethewey 

2011-2012        Philip Levine

2010-2011        W.S Merwin
2008-2010        Kay Ryan


2007-2008        Charles Simic
2006-2007        Donald Hall
2004-2006        Ted Kooser
2003-2004        Louise Glück
2001-2003        Billy Collins
2000-2001        Stanley Kunitz

1999-2000        Special Bicentennial Consultants, Rita Dove, Louise Glück, and W.S. Merwin
1997-2000        Robert Pinsky


1995-1997        Robert Hass
1993-1995        Rita Dove
1992-1993        Mona Van Duyn
1991-1992        Joseph Brodsky
1990-1991        Mark Strand
1988-1990        Howard Nemerov

1987-1988        Richard Wilbur
1986-1987        Robert Penn Warren
1985-1986        Gwendolyn Brooks
1984-1985        Reed Whittemore (interim)
1984-1985        Robert Fitzgerald
1982-1984        Anthony Hecht
1981-1982        Maxine Kumin
1978-1980        William Meredith

 

1976-1978        Robert Hayden
1974-1976        Stanley Kunitz
1973-1974        Daniel Hoffman
1971-1973        Josephine Jacobsen
1970-1971        William Stafford
1968-1970        William Jay Smith

 

1966-1968        James Dickey
1965-1966        Stephen Spender
1964-1965        Reed Whittemore
1963-1964        Howard Nemero
1961-1963        Louis Untermeyer
1959-1961        Richard Eberhart


1958-1959        Robert Frost
1956-1958        Randall Jarrell
1952                William Carlos Williams
1950-1952        Conrad Aiken
1949-1950        Elizabeth Bishop


1948-1949        Leonie Adams
1947-1948        Robert Lowell
1946-1947        Karl Shapiro
1945-1946        Louise Bogan
1944-1945        Robert Penn Warren
1943-1944        Allen Tate
1937-1941        Joseph Auslander



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