Start of Term
April 27, 2016
Position established by the governor, April 23, 1923; adopted by Legislature
in 1989 (Laws, 1989, Chap. 122, Sec. 1,2,3; Statutes, 1994 Supplement, Sec. 357.925).
First laureate was Edwin Markham. The position began as a lifetime appointment,
then was changed to a four-year year term. In 2006,
Lawson Inada was named to a two-year appointment by Gov. Ted Kulongoski. Subsequent appointments are for a term of two years (renewable after the first year).
Edwin Markham (April
Ben Hur Lampman (February 20, 1951-1954)
Ethel Romig Fuller (1957-1965)
William Stafford (October
Fusao Inada (February 17, 2006-2010)
Paulann Petersen (April 26, 2010-April 25, 2014)
Peter Sears (April 25, 2014-April 26, 2016)
by Elizabeth Woody in the Library's online