The Poet Laureate serves to build awareness and appreciation of poetry — including Washington’s legacy of poetry — through public readings, workshops, and presentations in communities throughout the state.
Tod Marshall is the Washington State Poet Laureate for 2016-18.
Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, New York, and grew up in Wichita, Kansas. He studied English and philosophy at Siena Heights University, earned an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and graduated with his PhD from The University of Kansas. He directs the writing concentration and coordinates the visiting writers series at Gonzaga University where he is the Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Endowed Professor in the Humanities. He enjoys backpacking and fishing and spends about a month of every year in a tent.
Read one of his poems here or here. Read another one here. Read one more here (with Marshall’s comments on the writing process). Read brief interviews with Marshall here and here. Listen to Marshall read and talk about a few poems from Bugle here (17:40 mark) and listen to a new poem on KUOW in Seattle here.
His work has been published in many journals, including Narrative, The Southern Review, The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Shenandoah, Boulevard, The Colorado Review, The Denver Quarterly, The Columbia Poetry Review, Poetry East, Poetry Northwest, Volt, Interim, The Canary, Willow Springs, Cutbank, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.
Previous Washington Poets Laureate
Elizabeth Austen (2014 – 2016)
Kathleen Flenniken (2012 – 2014)
Samuel Green (2007 – 2009)