We are now taking nominations for Iowa's next poet laureate! The nomination process is open to the general public until July 1, 2018.

There have only been three previous Iowa Poets Laureate. The first was Iowa Writers' Workshop professor Marvin Bell, who served two terms beginning in 2000. The following two poets laureate were Robert Dana, a former World War II radio operator who taught for 40 years at Cornell College, and Mary Swander, professor emerita of English at Iowa State University. Governor Kim Reynolds will appoint the next poet laureate from a list of three nominees chosen by a committee of six writers and academics selected by the Iowa Arts Council and Humanities Iowa.

The deadline for nominations is July 1, 2018. You can complete you can complete your nomination form by visiting the Iowa Arts Council website here: https://iowaculture.gov/arts/opportunities/arts-recognition/iowa-poet-laureate