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What is a Poet Laureate?

The Indiana Arts Commission, Former State Treasurer Joyce Brinkman, and Senator Theresa Lubbers developed Senate Bill 433, which formalized the Poet Laureate for Indiana in 2002.

The IAC is charged with selecting the Poet Laureate, providing an annual stipend and per diem, and working with the State Department of Education in scheduling appearances.

The Indiana Poet Laureate official duties include:

  • Making presentations at schools, libraries, and other educational facilities
  • Promoting poetry and writing to schools and communities across the state
  • Providing advice on how to promote poetry and writing to the IAC and other organizations