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

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Current Laureate:
Rick Benjamin

Start of Term:
January 9, 2013

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

The current Poet Laureate, Rick Benjamin, will be stepping down from the position on January 15, 2016, in order move to California, where he will teach at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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)

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