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Position established 1942 (Revised Statutes, 49:171 and 49:173).
First laureate was Emma Wilson Emery. The poet is appointed by the governor
to a term of two years. Formerly, the term of appointment was concurrent with
that of the governor. Darrell Bourque, appointed poet laureate in November 2007 by former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, was notified on July 24, 2008, that through an oversight his "name was not submitted to the Senate for confirmation for the position of Louisiana State Poet Laureate," and as such the position of Louisiana state poet was deemed vacant. On May 20, 2009, Gov. Bobby Jindal officially appointed Bourque Louisiana's poet laureate.
Emma Wilson Emery (1942-1970)
Ethel Green Russell (1970-1973)
Dr. George William Noel Cooper (1973-1976)
Henry Thomas Voltz (1976-1980)
Jean McGivney Boese (1980-1988)
Gordon Lane (1988-1992)
Sylvia Davison Lott Buckley (1992-1996)
Jean McGivney Boese (1996-2004)
Brenda Marie Osbey (March 7, 2005-2007)
Darrell Bourque (May 20, 2009-May 2011)
by Julie Kane in the Library's online