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Lyric Poetry Mural, Lyric Poetry (detail), by Henry O. Walker, in the South Corridor, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress.
Photographic print.
[c.1899]

Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.
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Current Laureate:
Tina Cane

Start of Term:
November 4, 2016

Position History:
Position established 1987; codified in Sec. 42-100-1, General Laws.

Former Poet Laureate Rick Benjamin stepped down from the position on January 15, 2016, in order move to California, to teach at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was replaced by Tina Cane on November 4, 2016.

Previous Laureates:
Michael Steven Harper (1988-1993)
C.D. Wright (1994-1999)
Tom Chandler (September 1, 2000-April 2007)
Lisa Starr (April 12, 2007-2012)
Rick Benjamin (Jan. 9, 2013-Jan. 15, 2016)

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