State Poet Laureate

In 1925, Georgia established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Chelsea Rathburn, who was appointed in 2019. Rathburn is the author of several poetry collections, including Still Life with Mother and Knife (Louisiana State University Press, 2019).

City and County Poets Laureate 


In 2021, Jeff Fallis was appointed the inaugural poet laureate of Athens, Georgia. 


In 2021, Pearl Cleage was named poet laureate of Atlanta, Georgia.