Famed poet Robert Bly is the state’s first official poet laurete.
"Minnesota has a wonderful literary history, so it is a great honor to be our state’s first poet laureate," Bly said in a statement. Bly is a native of Madison, in western Minnesota, and lives in Minneapolis.
Bly will promote the reading and writing of poetry, preside over poetry awards and may write poetry for special state events.
The Legislature created the official position last year. Gov. Tim Pawlenty picked Bly after the Minnesota Humanities Center gave the governor recommendations. The state has had unofficial poet laureates in the past.