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Government or institutions like Universities appoint poets to be poet laureate. In this way they become the official poet for that organization or body or nation, composin…g for special events. etc.
Carol Ann Duffy is the current Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom also has a Poet Laureate of children's poetry.
In the UK it is Carol Ann Duffy. In the USA it is Kay Ryan.
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They write poems for the nation, they promote poetry in many and various ways, they support literary education, they speak out for the arts and literature.
In 1988, the U.S.A. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry was Richard Wilbur.
There is no definitive list or official beginning to the office of poet laureate, although it appears in general to have begun in the English royal court. See link for more.
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Rita Dove was the first woman poet laureate in the United States. She was appointed in 1993, the first woman, first African American and the youngest to receive this honor. Sh…e held the position for two years. Thomas and Beulah, a collection of poems loosely based on her grandparents' life, also earned her a 1987 Pulitzer Prize, making her the second African American poet to receive the award. In 2004 she was appointed by then Governor Mark Warner as Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Her latest poetry collection, Sonata Mulattica, was published in the spring of 2009.
The official role of the United States Poet Laureate is to raise awareness of poetry in the US. This task may take different forms: one may encourage would-be poets to enter t…heir work in competitions; another may organize workshops or readings. On December 20, 1985, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the bill empowering the Librarian of Congress to name America's official poet. Robert Penn Warren, who had served a term as the previously-named Consultant in Poetry (1944-45), became the first official United States Poet Laureate on February 26, 1986. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner W.S. Merwin is the current poet laureate of the US. His verse often focuses on nature.
Kay Ryan (born 21 September, 1945) is Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. Prior to 1986 the title of the post was Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. There w…ere thirty holding that title. In 1986, the title name was changed by an Act of Congress to Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Kay Ryan is the sixteenth.