Darrell Bourque

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Poet Laureate of Louisiana, 2007–2011

Darrell Bourque was born in southwest Louisiana in 1942. He is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Until We Talk (Etruscan Press, 2024); Migraré (University of Louisiana Press, 2019); Where I Waited (Self-published, 2016); Megan’s Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie (University of Louisiana Press, 2013); Call and Response: Conversations in Verse (Texas Review Press, 2010), coauthored with Jack B. Bedell; In Ordinary Light: New and Selected Poems (University of Louisiana Press, 2010); From the Other Side: Henriette Delille (Self-published, 2019); and The Blue Boat (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2004).

Bourque is the recipient of the 2014 Louisiana Book Festival Writer Award and the 2019 Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Humanist of the Year Award, among other honors. He was named Artist of the Year by the Acadiana Center for the Arts in 2001 and served as both president of the National Association for Humanities Education and editor-in-chief of its journal Interdisciplinary Humanities. 

Bourque served as Louisiana’s poet laureate for two terms from 2007 to 2011. A professor emeritus in English and interdisciplinary humanities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he lives in St. Landry Parish.