U.S. Poet Laureate
As the nation’s official poet, the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress seeks to raise
the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.
The Poet Laureate is appointed annually by the Librarian of Congress, for a term that lasts from September to May.
The Laureate gives a reading to open the Library’s annual literary series and a lecture to conclude the series,
the oldest in the Washington area and among the oldest in the United States.
The most recently appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry is Joy Harjo. Harjo is the first Native American
poet to serve in the position— she is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation.