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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. Natasha Trethewey was appointed to a four-year term by Gov. Haley Barbour in 2012.
Willard Leet Prenshaw (1963-1971)
Louise Moss Montgomery (1973-January 1978)
Winifred Hamrick Farrar (July 31, 1978-November 6, 2010)
by Natasha Trethewey in the Library's online