New bill would create one four-year term poet laureate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- "Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore.'"

Some Florida lawmakers are hoping to make poetry a priority back in the state by naming a poet laureate.

Florida has not had a poet laureate since the last person, Edmund Skellings, died two years ago. The position was first established in the state in 1928. Since then, there have been three that all served lifetime appointments.

A new bill by Representative Dan Raulerson and Senator Dorothy Hukill, would reform the position with the person nominated serving one four-year term.

"That poet laureate's job will be and their mission will be to go out there and educate young children and spread the word on how important poetry is and how beautiful it can be," said Sen. Hukill, R - Port Orange.

The bill has passed on the house floor and awaits a vote in the senate.


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