About the Ohio Poet Laureate Program

Overview & responsibilities

The Ohio Poet Laureate has the opportunity to foster the art of poetry, encourage literacy and learning, address central issues relating to the humanities and heritage, and encourage the reading and writing of poetry across the state. Upon invitation, the Ohio Poet Laureate will provide a minimum of ten public readings/events per year in urban and rural settings across the state that educate students, community members, and business, state, and civic leaders about the value and importance of poetry and creative expression. 

The Ohio Poet Laureate will be expected to undertake a significant cultural project during his or her term, such as bringing poetry to people or to a region of the state that might otherwise be underserved in this regard. The Ohio Poet Laureate will engage a variety of constituencies, enriching the lives of residents by sharing and promoting poetry through public appearances, readings, workshops, and digital and social media.

For more information about the Ohio Poet Laureate Process, download the complete Program Overview.

To nominate an individual for consideration as Ohio Poet Laureate, click here to begin an online nomination form.

Meet Ohio's First Poet Laureate


amit majmudar Dr. Amit Majmudar was announced as Ohio's first Poet Laureate on December 17, 2015. He is a medical doctor and serves as a diagnostic and nuclear radiologist in Columbus. Dr. Majmudar grew up in Cleveland, he is a graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine, and he received his bachelor’s degree in natural sciences from the University of Akron. He has published two novels, Partitions in 2009 and The Abundance in 2011. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications including The New YorkerThe New York Review of BooksThe Atlantic MonthlyPoetry MagazineThe Antioch Review and The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-2012. His essays and literary criticism have appeared in a number of publications as well, including The New York Times, The Kenyon Review, and Poetry Daily. His next collection of poems, Dothead, will be published in March by Alfred A. Knopf. He currently lives in Dublin, Ohio. Explore Dr. Majmudar's anthology on The Poetry Foundation





Media Mentions

Kasich Names Amit Majmudar Ohio Poet Laureate 
Media Room

Greater Cleveland native Amit Majmudar named as Ohio's first poet laureate by Gov. John Kasich
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Dublin physician named first Ohio poet laureate
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio's first poet laureate to build bridges among art forms
Akron Beacon Journal