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Poet Laureate

The Utah Poet Laureate is a Governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts throughout the state who presents in communities, schools, libraries, and public events. The position was established in 1997.

Utah Poet Laureate Lance Larsen

Utah Poet Laureate Lance LarsenLance Larsen’s poetry collections include Genius LociBackyard Alchemy, In All Their Animal Brilliance, and Erasable Walls. He holds a PhD from the University of Houston. His work appears widely in such venues as Georgia Review, Southern Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, River Styx, Orion, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Poetry 2009, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. He sometimes collaborates with his wife, Jacqui Biggs Larsen, a painter and multi-media artist. Since 1993, he has taught literature and creative writing at BYU, where he currently serves as associate chair.


To request a reading or workshop by the Poet Laureate, please download and fill out the Poet Laureate appearance request form and e-mail it to Alyssa Hickman Grove at Requests are honored based on the nature of the request and the availability of the Poet Laureate.