In 2000, Wisconsin established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Karla Huston, who was appointed to a two-year term in 2017. Hutson is the author of the poetry collection A Theory of Lipstick (Main Street Rag, 2013), which received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association.

Oscar Mireles was named poet laureate of Madison, Wisconsin, in 2016. Mireles will serve a two-year term.

In 2017, Roberto Harrison was named poet laureate of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Harrison will also serve a two-year term.

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After skimming the Sunday Times, Dad turned to the back of the magazine
and tore out the crossword puzzle for his mother in Wisconsin—

as routine as my calligraphy class on Saturdays, flute practice
exactly twenty minutes on school nights

and astringent twice daily. I loved

These are notes to lightning in my bedroom.
A star forged from linen thread and patches.
Purple, yellow, red like diamond suckers, children

of the star gleam on sweaty nights. The quilt unfolds 
against sheets, moving, warm clouds of Chinook. 
It covers my cuts, my red birch clusters under pine.

Under it your



A soap-opera rising and sinking of bodies,

melt of glaciers, flamboyant sculpture of waves—

west wind at thirty knots

this serial archipelago the drama of centuries.

Forgotten Steamboat Island