This exhibit honors the appointment of Paulann Petersen as State Poet Laureate. It can be viewed at anytime during the library’s regular hours.
In 1923 Edwin Markham was named Oregon’s first Poet Laureate by the State Legislature. Since Markham, the State has bestowed the honor of Poet Laureate on five accomplished writers including Ben Hur Lampman (1951-54), Ethel Romig Fuller (1957-65), William Stafford (1974-89), Lawson Inada (2006-10), and this year’s appointee Paulann Petersen. Drawing from the William Stafford Archives and other poetry collections at the Lewis & Clark College Special Collections, this exhibit features manuscripts, books, broadsides, photographs, artifacts, and audio recordings relating to all of Oregon’s Poet Laureates.