Florida's Poet Laureate

Established by the Florida Legislature in 2014, the Florida Poet Laureate is an honorary position created in the Florida Department of State.  

Florida’s Poet Laureate promotes reading, writing and the appreciation of poetry throughout the state and encourages students to express themselves through poetry and reading out loud.

Nomination Process

State Poet Laureates must serve a term of four (4) years. Poet Laureate legislation was signed by Governor Rick Scott on June 20, 2014. The nomination process is in development and will be posted here soon.

Previous Florida Poet Laureates

 Franklin N. Wood  By Governor John W. Martin, 1929
 Vivian Laramore Rader  By Governor Doyle E. Carlton, 1931
 Dr. Edmund Skellings  By Governor Robert Graham, 1980 


Rachelle Ashmore