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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:
Lee Ann Roripaugh

Start of Term:
July 1, 2015

Position History:
Position established 1937 with the appointment of Charles "Badger" Clark. Position enected by Legislature in 1959 (SL 1959, ch 307; SDC Supp 1960, § 55.0115). Text of law available online as part of the South Dakota Codified Laws, Sec. 1-22-7. The laureate is "appointed by the Governor to serve during the pleasure of the Governor."

On September 27, 2014, poet laureate David Allan Evans resigned after more than 12 years in office in order to provide an oppurtunity for other poets to serve in the position. He will serve as Poet Laureate Emeritus until the next state poet is appointed or until the 2015 Festival of the Books in Deadwood, SD. Applications for the vacant position were received by the South Dakota Poetry Society through January 1, 2015.

On March 13, 2015, Senate Bill 86, which limits the term of the South Dakota Poet Laureate to four years, was signed into law by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Previous Laureates:
Charles "Badger" Clark (1937)
Audrae Visser (1974-October 2001)
David Allan Evans (June 15, 2002-September 27, 2014)

Further Resources:
Publications by Lee Ann Roripaugh in the Library's online catalog.

 

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