NEWS, April 2014: Peter Sears named Oregon's seventh Poet Laureate.
Governor John Kitzhaber has named Peter Sears of Corvallis to a two-year appointment as poet laureate of Oregon. Read the full announcement here.
The position of Oregon Poet was established by the governor of Oregon in April 23, 1923 and adopted by the Oregon Legislature in 1989 (Laws, 1989, Chap. 122, Sec. 1,2,3; Statutes, 1994 Supplement, Sec. 357.925). The first laureate was Edwin Markham. The position began as a lifetime appointment, then was changed to a four-year year term. In 2006, Lawson Inada was named to a two-year appointment by Governor Ted Kulongoski. Subsequent appointments are for a term of two years.
- Edwin Markham (April 23, 1923-1931)
- Ben Hur Lampman (February 20, 1951-1954)
- Ethel Romig Fuller (1957-1965)
- William Stafford (October 1975-1990)
- Lawson Fusao Inada (February 17, 2006-2010)
- Paulann Petersen (2010-2014)
Visit the Library of Congress Main Reading Room for more information.
Browse around the site to discover more about Sears' books, teachings, affiliations, and to connect with him about readings, workshops and public engagements.
"I want light, high morning light, and a breeze.
And heat, full heat that flutters."
From "Full Heat that Flutters," The Brink