Mary Ruefle appointed Vermont’s poet laureate

October 30, 2019 GMT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has named a new poet laureate.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott appointed Mary Ruefle to the honorary position this week. WCAX-TV reports that she was recommended by a panel of judges.

The poet laureate is picked every four years and serves as the state’s ambassador for the art of poetry, participating in ceremonies and readings in Vermont and nationwide.

Ruefle said at the ceremony on Monday that she was honored to join the ranks of those who served before her and humbled and scared. She said she’s used to that and said that’s how she feels in the face of poetry and as “a member of that tribe.”


Chard Deniord was the state’s last poet laureate. Robert Frost served as Vermont’s first in 1961.


Information from: WCAX-TV,