District of Columbia
Sterling Brown was appointed the first poet laureate of the District of Columbia by Mayor Marion Barry in May 1984. After Brown's death in 1989, the position became defunct until poet E. Ethelbert Miller submitted a proposal to restore the position to the city. Mr. Miller also recommended Dolores Kendrick for the position to the District of Columbia Commission on Arts and Humanities. She was approved and subsequently appointed by Mayor Anthony Williams on May 14, 1999. Kendrick served as laureate until her death in November 2017.
Sterling Brown (May 1984-January 13, 1989)
Kendrick (May 14, 1999-November 7, 2017)