1. Who is the current Wisconsin Poet Laureate
Margaret (Peggy) Rozga, the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2019–2020, lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Rozga’s poems draw on her experiences and interests as an educator, avid reader and researcher, parent, and advocate for social and racial justice. Her first book, 200 Nights and One Day (Benu Press 2009), was awarded a bronze medal in poetry in the 2009 Independent Publishers Book Awards and named an outstanding achievement in poetry for 2009 by the Wisconsin Library Association. Her most recent book is Pestiferous Questions: A Life in Poems (Lit Fest Press 2017). Research for Pestiferous Questions was supported by a creative writer’s fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society. Read more about Peggy.
2. Who is on the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission
The Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission is comprised of volunteers who perform several functions crucial to the maintenance of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate position: it selects a new Laureate every two years, publicizes the position, administers the program’s finances, including the raising of funds to support the Poet Laureate’s expenses, and helps connect the Poet Laureate with the people of Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Poet Laureate program was originally created by an executive order of Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson in 2000. After the $2,000 annual budget for the laureateship was eliminated by Governor Scott Walker, the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters announced its stewardship of the program to ensure its survival. Today, the position of Wisconsin Poet Laureate is kept alive by individual donations, and by financial support from member organizations:
Members of the commission include representatives from each of these organizations, along with at-large commission members from across the state.
3. How do I book the Wisconsin Poet Laureate to visit my organization?
To contact the Wisconsin Poet Laureate, go to http://www.wisconsinpoetlaureate.org/content/contact-current-poet-laureate
4. Who are the past Wisconsin Poets Laureate?
Margaret Rozga - 2019-2020 [Read More]
Karla Huston - 2017-2018 [Read More]
Kimberly Blaeser - 2015-2016 [Read More]
Max Garland – 2013-2014 [Read More]
Bruce Dethlefsen – 2010-2012 [Read More]
Marilyn Taylor – 2008-2010 [Read More]
Denise Sweet – 2004-2008 [Read More]
Ellen Kort – 2000-2004 [Read More]
5. How can I apply or nominate someone to be Wisconsin Poet Laureate?
The Wisconsin Poet Laureate’s term of service is two years. Application for the 2021-2022 Wisconsin Poet Laureate occurs in 2020. **Applications are now CLOSED** [Read more on application questions and guidelines.]
6. How can I donate to the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Fund?
You can donate to the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Fund in two ways.
You too can contribute to the growth of poetry throughout the state of Wisconsin with a tax-deductible gift to the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission. Your gift will help to further the mission of the WPLC and ensure we have sufficient funding to pay the Poet Laureate’s annual stipend of $2000.
To support the WPLC now, please mail a contribution to:
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
1922 University Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Make checks payable to: WASAL/Poet Laureate
Above and beyond our need for annual support is our desire to plan and provide for the long-term financial health of the WPLC through an endowed fund held at the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, so that the Poet Laureate position and our mission live on far into the future.
To ensure the program's future, please mail a contribution to:
P.O. Box 563, Appleton, WI 54912-0563
Make checks payable to: CFFVR/WI Poet Laureate Fund