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State Poet Laureate

Former Poet Laureates

Here is a list of the individuals who have previously performed the duties of Connecticut Poet Laureate.

2015 - 2018
Rennie McQuilkin

2010 - 2015 
Dick Allen

2007 - 2010
John Hollander

2001 - 2006 
Marilyn Nelson

1996 - 2001
Leo Connellan 

1985 - 1995
James Merrill 


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