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Current Laureate:
Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills (known as the Twin Poets)

Start of Term:
December 16, 2015

Position History:
Position established April 28, 1947 (Laws, Vol. 46, Chap. 347; Code, Title 29, Sec. 4401). The Delaware Department of State website provides a brief history of the position. After E. Jean Lanyon's term expired in 1981, no new laureate was named and she served as unofficial poet laureate until Fleda Brown's appointment in 2001. The position is now open-ended; a new bill passed June 28, 2000, replaced "a 2 year term Poet Laureate who is to be appointed January 1 of odd numbered years (with Department of State office space mandated) with an appointment at the pleasure of the Governor."

Current laureates Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Al Mills, known as the Twin Poets, share the title of 17th Poets Laureate of Delaware. The state's previous poet laureate, JoAnn Balingit, stepped down on December 1, 2015.

Previous Laureates:
Edna Deemer Leach (1947-1949)
Jeannette Slocum Edwards (1950-1953)
Frances Shannon Flowers (McNeal) (1954)
Katherine King Johnson (1955)
David Hudson (1956-1960)
Alison Kimball Bradford (1961)
Margaret Eleanor Weaver (1962)
Mother Aloysius Peach (1963-1964)
Dr. Percival R. Roberts, III (1965-1966)
Joyce Carlson (1967-1968)
Antonia Bissell Laird (1969-1970)
Dr. Harry O. Eisenberg (1971)
David Hudson (1975-1976)
E. Jean Lanyon (1979-1981)
Dr. Fleda Brown (October 26, 2001-2007)
Dr, JoAnn Balingit (May 14, 2008-December 1, 2015)

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