What’s the most literary state in the Union?

According to the State Poet Laureates list, Indiana is the most literary. Why? Because they have not one, but two state poets. Apparently, Indiana’s state poet was traditionally appointed by the Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs, an honor currently held by Carol Ogdon Floyd. However, in 2005 the state created an official position of Poet Laureate. Interestingly, they did not choose to give the job to Carol Ogdon Floyd, but instead installed Joyce Brinkman.

Who are the least literary? Arizona, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington don’t have state poets at all, although Hawaii has a state writer.

5 thoughts on “What’s the most literary state in the Union?

  1. finally, Georgia did not make a not literate list. Hell yeah we have a state poet! And… his name is David Bottoms. It just doesn’t get much better than that!

  2. You only know this because I gave you a poem by the now deceased Pennsylvania State Poet Laureate. So Please don’t suggest we never had one, he just died.

  3. Sorry Odie, but according to the Library of Congress, you’re wrong. In 2003, Gov. Ed Rendell removed Sam Hazo from the position and did not appoint a replacement. As far as I can tell, he’s not dead, but he did graduate from Notre Dame in 1948.

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