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  • Grace Noll Crowell (1877 - 1969)
    Grace Noll Crowell (October 31, 1877 - March 31, 1969) was an American poet, author of 36 books of inspirational verse and approximately 5,000 poems. Her work has appeared in hundreds of magazines...
  • Jesse Van Buren Chandler (1892 - 1868)
    Jesse Van Buren Chandler, poet, was born on November 9, 1892, in Belton, Texas, the son of W. E. and Sarah (Dickey) Chandler. He married Helen Marie Airhart on July 24, 1915, and they had two sons. Cha...
  • Antoinette Power Houston Bringhurst (1852 - 1932)
    Nettie Bringhurst, poet, was born in Huntsville, Texas, in 1852, one of eight children of Sam and Margaret Lea Houston. She attended Baylor Female College at Independence and Austin Female College. She...
  • William D. Barney (1916 - 2001)
    William D. Barney, poet laureate of Texas, was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on April 19, 1916. His father, an aspiring semiprofessional baseball player, moved the family to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1928 for t...
  • Natasha Trethewey (1966 - d.)
    Natasha Trethewey (born April 26, 1966) is an American poet who was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 2012 and again in 2013. She won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her 2006 collection ...

Poets Laureate

A poet laureate (plural: poets laureate) is a poet officially appointed by a government or conferring institution, who is often expected to compose poems for special events and occasions.

The Italians Albertino Mussato (1315) and Francesco Petrarca (1342) were among the first to be crowned poets laureate after the classical age.

In Britain, the term dates from the appointment of Bernard André by Henry VII of England. Today the title may also be conferred by an organisation such as the Poetry Foundation, which has a designated Children's Poet Laureate.

The following national governments continue the poet laureate tradition.

Poets Laureate of the United Kingdom
* Scotland

United States Poet Laureate

List of U.S. states' Poets Laureate
Poets Laureate of England


War Poets

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