Poets Laureate of the U.S.A.

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Who are all the poets who have served the Library of Congress as Consultant (the old title) or Poet Laureate Consultant (the new title)? Learn more about the lives and works of these distinguished artists through the resources listed below.

1937-1949

1950s

  • Conrad Aiken 1950-52: First to serve two terms
  • William Carlos Williams: Appointed to serve two terms in 1952 but did not serve.
  • Randall Jarrell 1957-58
  • Robert Frost 1958-59
  • Richard Eberhart 1959-61: “A Student’s Memories of Richard Eberhart,” by David Graham

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

2010s

  • W.S. Merwin 2010-2011
  • Philip Levine 2011-2012
  • Natasha Trethewey 2012-