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The Poet Laureate is appointed annually by the Librarian of Congress and serves from October to May. During his or her term, the Poet Laureate seeks to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry. In making the appointment, the Librarian consults with former appointees, the current laureate and distinguished poetry critics.

Visit the Poetry Web Site to learn more about the position