Wisconsin Poet Laureate

The Wisconsin Poet Laureate is our state’s ambassador for poetry. During a two-year term, the Poet Laureate travels the state to share a love of language and to encourage creative expression among adults and kids alike. The position was created in 2000 by an Executive Order of Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson and  six member organizations provide financial support and representatives to serve on the Poet Laureate Commission.

Margaret Rozga is Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate (2019-2020).  Her poems draw on her experiences and interests as an educator, avid reader and researcher, parent, and advocate for social and racial justice. Read some of her poetry and contact her about events and readings from the Wisconsin Poet Laureate website.

Jodi Vander Molen represents the Wisconsin Humanities Council on the Poet Laureate Commission.  Jodi grew up on a small farm and has kept a journal for 34 years. She has been crafting words for over 20 years: professionally as a poetry editor and proofreader for The Progressive Magazine, and at the many open mics and poetry slams her home of Madison, WI offers. She has served as a judge for Madison’s annual Moth story-telling GrandSLAM, and has taught young National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) authors the art of finding the “Monsters Within Our Pens.” She is a member of Arts + Literature Laboratory (ALL), and the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Her weekly Tuesday haiku project and more work can be found on Instagram @jvwords.



Past Poet Laureates

Karla Huston – 2017-2018

Kimberly Blaeser 2015-2016

Max Garland – 2013-2014

Bruce Dethlefsen – 2011-2012

Marilyn L. Taylor – 2008-2010

Denise Sweet – 2004-2008

Ellen Kort – 2000-2004