Interview: Indiana's New Poet Laureate On Expression and Connection Through Verse

Jan 8, 2014

The Indiana State Poet Laureate has existed unofficially since 1929, when Emory Aaron Richardson became the first by motion of the Indiana General Assembly.

IPFW professor and Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras.
Credit Courtesy / George Kalamaras

The position was finally made official in 2005, with poet laureates serving two-year terms as ambassadors for poetry education and outreach across the state.

On Monday, the Indiana Arts Commission announced IPFW English professor, George Kalamaras, would take over the position in 2014.

Kalamaras recently sat down with WBOI's Julia Meek to talk about his career, his craft, and what he tries to convey when writing a poem.