Position of Poet Laureate established 1921 with the naming of John G. Neihardt
by Legislature. Position title changed to State Poet when William Kloefkorn
was appointed by Governor Charles Thone September 11, 1982, on the recommendation
of an ad hoc committee headed by the executive director of the Nebraska Humanities
Council. Position is a lifetime appointment.
G. Neihardt (1921-November 3, 1973)
Kloefkorn (September 11, 1982-May 19, 2011)