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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

April 16, 2012

Governor appoints William Trowbridge as Missouri’s Poet Laureate

William Trowbridge, a distinguished university professor emeritus, has been appointed Missouri’s new Poet Laureate. A motorcycle enthusiast, Trowbridge was a Northwest faculty member from 1971 to 1998.

William Trowbridge, a distinguished university professor emeritus, has been appointed Missouri’s new Poet Laureate. A motorcycle enthusiast, Trowbridge was a Northwest faculty member from 1971 to 1998.

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Gov. Jay Nixon has announced his appointment of William Trowbridge, of Lee’s Summit, as Missouri’s new Poet Laureate. Trowbridge is a distinguished university professor emeritus at Northwest Missouri State University, and the author of more than 340 published or forthcoming poems.

His appointment will run for two years, and during his term, he will present and lecture on poetry to school, community and civic groups throughout the state.

Trowbridge served on the faculty of Northwest from 1971 to 1998.

“Professor Trowbridge is one of the country’s outstanding poets, and we are honored to have him as Missouri’s poet laureate,” Nixon said. “With a number of outstanding candidates from our state, the decision is never easy. I appreciate the work of the Missouri Center for the Book and of the advisory committee in making its recommendation to me."

Trowbridge has published eight collections of poems, including “Ship of Fool” in 2011, and his work has been reprinted in more than 30 anthologies and textbooks. He was co-editor of “The Laurel Review” from 1986 to 2000, and his poetry has earned several honors and awards.

Trowbridge obtained his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and his master’s degree in English from the University of Missouri. He earned his doctorate in English from Vanderbilt University.

He is Missouri’s third poet laureate and succeeds David Clewell, of Webster Groves, a professor of English at Webster University in St. Louis.

An advisory committee, including three representatives of the Missouri Center for the Book and two members appointed by the Governor, was charged with reviewing and evaluating applications, and recommending candidates for appointment to the Governor.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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