Poets Laureate of the U. S.

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  1. Poets Laureate of the U. S.

  2. Joseph Auslander, 1937-1941(Auslander's appointment to the Poetry chair had no fixed term)
  3. Allen Tate, 1943-1944
  4. Robert Penn Warren, 1944-1945
  5. Louise Bogan, 1945-1946
  6. Karl Shapiro, 1946-1947
  7. Robert Lowell, 1947-1948
  8. Leonie Adams, 1948-1949
  9. Elizabeth Bishop, 1949-1950
  10. Conrad Aiken, 1950-1952 (First to serve two terms)
  11. William Carlos Williams (Appointed in 1952 but did not serve)
  12. Randall Jarrell, 1956-1958
  13. Robert Frost, 1958-1959
  14. Richard Eberhart, 1959-1961
  15. Louis Untermeyer, 1961-1963
  16. Howard Nemerov, 1963-1964
  17. Reed Whittemore, 1964-1965
  18. Stephen Spender, 1965-1966
  19. James Dickey, 1966-1968
  20. William Jay Smith, 1968-1970
  21. William Stafford, 1970-1971
  22. Josephine Jacobsen, 1971-1973
  23. Daniel Hoffman, 1973-1974
  24. Stanley Kunitz, 1974-1976
  25. Robert Hayden, 1976-1978
  26. William Meredith, 1978-1980
  27. Maxine Kumin,1981-1982
  28. Anthony Hecht, 1982-1984
  29. Robert Fitzgerald, 1984-1985 (Appointed and served in a health-limited capacity, but did not come to the Library of Congress)
  30. Reed Whittemore, 1984-1985 (Interim Consultant in Poetry)
  31. Gwendolyn Brooks, 1985-1986
  32. Robert Penn Warren, 1986-1987 (First to be designated Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry)
  33. Richard Wilbur, 1987-1988
  34. Howard Nemerov, 1988-1990
  35. Mark Strand, 1990-1991
  36. Joseph Brodsky, 1991-1992
  37. Mona Van Duyn, 1992-1993
  38. Rita Dove, 1993-1995
  39. Robert Hass, 1995-1997
  40. Robert Pinsky, 1997-2000 (First to serve three consecutive terms)
  41. Stanley Kunitz, 2000-2001
  42. Billy Collins, 2001-2003
  43. Louise Glück, 2003-2004
  44. Ted Kooser, 2004-


  45. Special Bicentennial Consultants, 1999-2000: Rita Dove, Louise Glück, and W.S. Merwin