Poet Laureate

Joy Harjo. Middle-aged Native American woman with long dark hair and black top.

Joy Harjo is Nation's First Native American Poet Laureate

The author and performer says that “words are powerful and can make change.”

Naomi Shihab Nye. Arab American woman with long side ponytail wearing green shawl.

Naomi Shihab Nye Is New Young People's Poet Laureate

The poet is the first Arab American to hold the title.

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5 Writers of Color Who Should Win the Poets Laureate Fellowship

The Academy of American Poets’ new grant program will support the poets who head arts initiatives for cities, tribes and states across the country.

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How Tracy K. Smith Uses Poetry to Confront Racial Injustice

The New York Times Magazine followed the U.S. poet laureate as she toured the South, using poetry to launch conversations about racism. 

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Tracy K. Smith Named 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate

Smith earned a Pulitzer Prize for her 2011 outer space-inspired poetry collection, “Life on Mars.”