State Poet Laureate 

In 2012, as part of its centennial year of statehood, Arizona established a state poet laureate position. Alberto Ríos was appointed the inaugural state poet laureate in 2013. He is currently a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.  

City and County Poets Laureate


In 2016, Rosemarie Dombrowski was named the poet laureate of Phoenix, Arizona.


In 2021, Lois Roma-Deeley was named the poet laureate of Scottsdale, Arizona. She will serve until December 24, 2024. 


In 2017, TC Tolbert was named the poet laureate of Tucson, Arizona. S/he will serve a two-year term.