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Current Laureate:
Peter Meinke

Position History:
June 15, 2015

Position History:
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.

Previous Laureates:
Franklin N. Wood (appointed 1929)
Vivian Laramore Rader (1931-1975)
Edmund Skellings (1980-August 19, 2012)

Further Resources:
Publications by Peter Meinke in the Library's online catalog.

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