Poets Laureate

Each year, the Poet Laureate is selected by the Librarian of Congress in consultation with the current Laureate, past appointees, and poetry critics. Their duties include an annual lecture and poetry reading, introducing other poets in the Library’s annual poetry series, and raising Americans’ awareness of and appreciation for poetry. Some particularly notable Fellows in this position include Joseph Brodsky, Gwendolyn Brooks, Rita Dove, and Robert Hass.

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Robert Fitzgerald 1952, 1971_250x250
Robert Fitzgerald
1984-85
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Joseph Brodsky
1991-92
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James Dickey
1966-68
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Rita Dove
1993-95, Special Bicentennial Consultant 1999-2000
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Reed Whittemore
1964-65, Interim Appointment 1984-85 [to help Robert Fitzgerald]
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Robert Lowell
1947-48
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