Vacant (first laureate will begin serving on Jan. 1, 2016)
Amended Substitute Senate Bill Number 84, which created the position of Ohio Poet Laureate, was signed into into law by Gov. John Kasich on December 19, 2014. According to the law:
The Ohio poet laureate shall be appointed by the governor from a list of not less than three candidates recommended by the Ohio arts council based on qualifications developed by the arts council under division (F) of section 3379.03 of the Revised Code. The arts council shall submit its list of candidates to the governor not less than ninety days prior to the beginning of the Ohio poet laureate's term of office.
The term of office is two years, with the possibility of reappointment by the governor.