Maine Governor Paul LePage has appointed Wesley McNair the new state poet laureate, which might have been a bit ironic, since McNair spoke up for Maine poets after LePage left the traditional poetic representative out of his inauguration ceremonies.
Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein, who, with his mustache, looks a bit like creative-writing professor Warren Hecht of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s Residential College, gave a talk in Batavia refuting the ostensible death of poetry.
The following states have vacancies for state poet laureate: Mississippi and Nevada. If you are a poet living in either of those two states, consider sending in your application, unofficial transcripts, and three recent letters of recommendation.
The following states egregiously lack the position of state poet laureate: Arizona, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. If you live in any of these states, please become outraged, take to the streets in unruly mobs, and erect barricades of flaming tires. Please do stop short of outright violence. But put on a really good show.