Madison (WKOW) -- from WI Governor: Governor Jim Doyle announced Friday the appointment of Marilyn Taylor as the Poet Laureate of Wisconsin.
"Marilyn Taylor is committed to bringing poetry to all corners of Wisconsin," stated Governor Doyle. "She has impressive credentials and an obvious love for her work and her state. I am confident that she will be an excellent Poet Laureate."
The new Poet Laureate will succeed Denise Sweet.
Taylor is required to choose and lead one large-scale project that contributes to the growth of Wisconsin poetry.
She must also plan and attend at least four statewide literary events each year and perform in at least four government, state and civil events as requested by the Governor's office, school systems and literary organizations.
Taylor will begin her two-year term immediately.
"Serving as Wisconsin's Poet Laureate represents not only an enormous honor, but also an exceptional opportunity to act on behalf of Wisconsin poetry," Taylor said. "My first priority will be to showcase our state as a great nurturing-place for the arts, where a long tradition of extraordinary creativity and originality is allowed to thrive."
Marilyn Taylor received a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and both a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
She has written six books (one forthcoming), and been published in eight anthologies and countless journals of poetry. Ms. Taylor is the recipient of several distinguished poetry prizes.
She has worked at UW- Milwaukee as an associate lecturer and adjunct professor and served as the Poet Laureate of the City of Milwaukee from 2004 to 2005.
She spends much of her time coaching, teaching, leading workshops and judging poetry throughout Wisconsin.
Taylor intends to use her position as the State Poet Laureate to bring poetry to new audiences around the state and showcase the outstanding work that is being created here.