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The Missouri Arts Council will accept nominations now through March 22 for Missouri's next poet laureate.

The Missouri poet laureate fosters the art of poetry, encourages literacy and learning, and encourages reading and writing poetry across the state, according to a news release.

The poet laureate will serve a two-year term starting July 1.

Qualifying nominees must be Missouri residents and at least 25 years old as of July 1. All nominations will be accepted, including nominations by the poets themselves.

For information about how to nominate someone for Missouri poet laureate, visit missouriartscouncil.org/nominate-missouri-poet-laureate.

The Missouri Poet Laureate Committee will review all nominations and recommend finalists to Gov. Mike Parson, who will make the final decision.

The poet laureate will be announced July 1.

The Missouri Poet Laureate program was established in 2008. The state's current poet laureate is Karen Craigo, of Springfield, author of two poetry collections and editor and general manager of the Marshfield Mail newspaper.

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