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Poet Laureate News

The Indiana Arts Commission has selected George Kalamaras of Fort Wayne as the new Indiana State Poet Laureate

Kalamaras is a professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, a post he has held since 1990. Among his degrees, he holds a Doctorate in English from State University of New York at Albany. He was born in Chicago and grew up in Cedar Lake, Indiana, in Lake County.

Kalamaras will begin his two-year term as Indiana Poet Laureate January 1, 2014 serving through December 31, 2015. For more information on George Kalamaras, click here.

The Indiana Poet Laureate represents the State of Indiana and the art of poetry through the development and implementation of programming to the education community and general public. The Poet Laureate makes formal presentations at various educational facilities and events, and offers advice to the Commission regarding ways to further the art of poetry in Indiana. For more information on the role of the Indiana Poet Laureate, click here.

The Indiana Arts Commission conducted a statewide call for nominations which were reviewed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from Indiana’s major institutions of higher education.

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