Florida would have a poet laureate appointed by the governor, if a bill passes the Legislature. The measure passed committees in the House and Senate this week.
Florida had a poet laureate, Ed Skellings, who was appointed for life. But he died last year, and Joe Cavanaugh, president of the Florida State Poets Association, is in Tallahassee this week, pushing for an overhaul of the poet laureate appointment process. The idea is for the governor to appoint a poet every four years. That person would spend time in schools.