Start of Term
April 25, 2014
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).
Gov. Kate Brown appointed Elizabeth Woody Poet Laureate of Oregon on March 24, 2016. She will assume the position on April 27, 2016.
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)
by Peter Sears in the Library's online