Appleton woman named Wisconsin’s poet laureate


Karla Huston is Wisconsin’s new poet laureate. During her two-year term, Huston plans to promote poetry writing and reading among elderly and those with memory impairment.

Photo by Mike Roemer

Huston succeeds Kimberly Blaeser, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports

Huston’s books of poetry include the collection “A Theory of Lipstick” (2013).

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters took over stewardship of the poet laureate position in 2011 after the state cut its support for the program, citing budget reasons. The laureate receives a $2,500 annual stipend and accepts the responsibility of arranging or attending at least eight statewide literary events each year.

During her laureateship, Blaeser spearheaded a poetry recitation project around the state, which has resulted in an online map and video archive of Wisconsinites reciting poems. Browse the collection

For more on this announcement, visit Milwaukee Journal Sentinel