Start of Term:
February 25, 2019 (view installation ceremony)
Position of Poet Laureate established 1921 with the naming of John G. Neihardt
by Legislature. Position title changed to State Poet when William Kloefkorn
was appointed by Governor Charles Thone September 11, 1982, on the recommendation
of an ad hoc committee headed by the executive director of the Nebraska Humanities
Council. John G. Neihardt and William Kloefkorn served lifetime appointments. Twyla Hansen's appointment served a five year term. The most recently appointed laureate, Matt Mason, is serving a five year, renewable term.
As noted by the Nebraska Library Commission:
The Nebraska State Poet will be chosen based on artistic excellence, exemplary professionalism demonstrated by significant publications and special honors, an established history of community service in the advancement of poetry in Nebraska, and the ability to present poetry and interact effectively with a public audience. In addition, the State Poet must be a legal, full-time resident for at least three years prior to the application deadline and must maintain Nebraska residence during his or her full term of office.
G. Neihardt (1921-November 3, 1973)
Kloefkorn(September 11, 1982-May 19, 2011)
Twyla M. Hansen(December 1, 2013-January 2019)