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Mississippi

Current Laureate:
Beth Ann Fennelly

Start of Term
August 10, 2016

Position History:
First laureate was Maude Willard Leet Prenshaw, appointed by Gov. Ross Barnett in 1963. In 1973, Louise Moss Montgomery was named laureate by Gov. William Waller. Gov. Cliff Finch appointed Winifred Hamrick Farrar laueate in 1978. All three poets laureate served lifetime terms. Beginning with Natasha Trethewey, Mississippi poets laureate now serve four-year terms.

Previous Laureates:
Maude Willard Leet Prenshaw (1963-1971)
Louise Moss Montgomery (1973-January 1978)
Winifred Hamrick Farrar (July 31, 1978-November 6, 2010)
Natasha Trethewey (January 2012-August 9, 2016)

Previous Laureates:
Publications by Beth Ann Fennelly in the Library's online catalog.

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