Start of Term
May 15, 2018
Position established by the governor, April 23, 1923; adopted by Legislature
in 1989 (Laws, 1989, Chap. 122, Sec. 1,2,3; Statutes, 1994 Supplement, Sec. 357.925).
First laureate was Edwin Markham. The position began as a lifetime appointment,
and remained such until William Stafford's tenure ended in August 1989.
In 2006, funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust "supported the reinstatement of Oregon’s poet laureate . . . and each laureate’s outreach as an ambassador of poetry across the state." The position was changed from a lifetime appointment to a two-year appointment, renewal for a second two-year term. Lawson Inada was the first Oregon Poet Laureate appointed under the new term limits.
Edwin Markham (April
Ben Hur Lampman (February 20, 1951-1954)
Ethel Romig Fuller (1957-1965)
William Stafford (October
Fusao Inada (February 17, 2006-2010)
Paulann Petersen (April 26, 2010-April 24, 2014)
Peter Sears (April 25, 2014-April 26, 2016)
Elizabeth Woody (April 27, 2016-May 14, 2018)