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Current Laureate:
Twyla M. Hansen

Start of Term:
December 1, 2013

Position History:
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. John G. Neihardt and William Kloefkorn served lifetime appointments. Twyla Hansen's appointment is for five years; her term is renewable.

Previous Laureates:
John G. Neihardt (1921-November 3, 1973)
William Kloefkorn (September 11, 1982-May 19, 2011)

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