Indiana Poet Laureate

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The Indiana Poet Laureate represents the state and the art of poetry through the development and implementation of programming to the educational community and general public. Making formal presentations at various educational facilities and events, the State Poet Laureate pursues individual initiatives to advance the knowledge and appreciation of poetry throughout the state, and offers advice to the Commission regarding ways to further the art of poetry in Indiana. 

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Current Poet Laureate, Shari Wagner, Biography

Nominations for Poet Laureate Now Open

Who should be our next Indiana Poet Laureate? The State of Indiana and the Indiana Arts Commission are happy to announce nominations are now open for the 2018/2019 Indiana State Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate furthers the art of poetry in the state through public appearances, educational workshops, and other outreach.

Nominations for Indiana Poet Laureate should be limited to one, single-page letter and a resume or CV detailing the nominee's qualifications and accomplishments. No additional materials should be included with the initial nomination.

Successful nominees must be current residents of the State of Indiana and remain residents during their two-year term of service as Indiana Poet Laureate. Nominees should be published poets, with experience in educational program development. Individuals who have been previous laureates may be nominated again.

Nominations must be submitted to Stephanie Haines at the Indiana Arts Commission by email only (, and must be received by 4:30 p.m. (EDT) Friday, September 1, 2017.

Former Poets Laureate

  • George Kalamaras, 2014–2015
  • Karen Kovacik, 2011–2013
  • Norbert Krapf, 2008–2010
  • Joyce Brinkman, 2005–2007 

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