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 five poets laureate previously selected over the years, including Bart Sutter, Sheila Packa, Deborah Cooper, Jim Johnson (twice), and Ellie Schoenfeld.

The Duluth Poet Laureate Project receives support from Friends of the Duluth Public Library; Lake Superior Writers; Arrowhead Reading Council; Minnesota Public Radio; Zeitgeist Arts Cafe; the English department at the College of St. Scholastica; the English, Linguistics, and Writing Studies Department at UMD; Lake Superior College; Security Jewelers; Locally Laid Egg Company; At Sara’s Table/Chester Creek Cafe; Zenith Bookstore; Adeline Inc.; Kyle Leia Yoga; Alakef Coffee Roasters; Builders Commonwealth; and Red Herring Lounge. A 12-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.