Beth Ann Fennelly
Start of Term
August 10, 2016
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.
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)
by Beth Ann Fennelly in the Library's online