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Current Laureate:
Grace Cavalieri

Start of Term:
December 14, 2018

Position History:
Position created 1959 through an act of the General Assembly (Chapter 178, Acts of 1959; Maryland State Code, Sec. 13-306). The Office of Governor Larry Hogan notes:

The Maryland Poet Laureate position was formally established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1959 and authorizes the governor to appoint a citizen of the state as Poet Laureate of Maryland. The Poet Laureate provides public readings for the citizens of Maryland, ensuring that people in all geographic regions of the state have access to at least one reading during the term of service. The Poet Laureate also undertakes projects that make poetry more available and accessible to citizens of Maryland of all ages. The Poet Laureate is appointed by the governor based on a recommendation from the Poet Laureate Review Committee, a diverse committee of qualified individuals who represent various arts and humanities communities throughout the state.

Previous Laureates:
Maria B. Coker (1959-1962)
Vincent Godfrey Burns (1962-1979)
Lucille Clifton (1979-1985)
Reed Whittemore (1985-1988)
Linda Pastan (1991-1995)
Roland Flint (September 1995-October 2000)
Michael Collier (February 27, 2001-August 2, 2004)
Michael S. Glaser (August 2, 2004-September 2009)
Stanley Plumly(September 29, 2009-December 13, 2018)

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