June 15, 2015
Position established 1928 by governor's proclamation. First laureate was Franklin
N. Wood. The post had been a lifetime appointement through the tenure of Edmund Skellings, who passed away August 19, 2012. Florida lawmakers passed HB 513 on June 20, 2014, establishing a four-year term for Florida’s state poet laureate and designating all former Florida poets laureate “State Poet Laureate Emerita” (Florida Statute 265.2863). The poet laureate is appointed by the governor from a list of nominees selected by the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and culled by the Secretary of State. Peter Meinke is the first Florida poet laureate to serve under the 2014 statute.
Franklin N. Wood (appointed 1929)
Vivian Laramore Rader (1931-1975)
Skellings (1980-August 19, 2012)
by Peter Meinke in the Library's online