The Duluth Poet Laureate Project was founded in 2005 as a way of honoring local poets and encouraging the appreciation of poetry. There have been six poets laureate previously selected over the years, including Bart Sutter, Sheila Packa, Deborah Cooper, Jim Johnson (twice), Ellie Schoenfeld, and Gary Boelhower.

The Duluth Poet Laureate Project receives support from Friends of the Duluth Public Library; Lake Superior Writers; Arrowhead Reading Council; the English department at the College of St. Scholastica; the English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies department at UMD; and Lake Superior College. A twelve-person committee oversees the work of the Project.

For additional information, contact Jim Perlman, chair of the Duluth Poet Laureate Project, at (218) 724-1653.