In 1981, Wyoming established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Eugene M. Gagliano, who was appointed to a two-year term in 2016. Gagliano is the author of two books of poetry, including the collection of children's poems My Teacher Dances on the Desk (Sleeping Bear Press, 2009), and is the recipient of the International Reading Association's 2004 Wyoming State Literacy Award.