The Wisconsin Poet Laureate is the 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. Since the position was created in 2000 by an Executive Order of Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, Wisconsin has benefited from the tireless dedication of past Poet Laureates.
The current Poet Laureate is Karla Huston. She is the author of eight chapbooks of poems, the latest called Grief Bone, and a full collection titled A Theory of Lipstick. Her work has garnered many awards, including a Pushcart Prize for the poem “Theory of Lipstick” in 2011.