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Bruce Dethlefsen has been appointed the state's new Poet Laureate, Gov. Jim Doyle announced Wednesday.

Dethlefsen will choose and lead one large-scale project that contributes to the growth of Wisconsin poetry as part of his position. He must also plan and attend at least four statewide literary events each year and perform in at least four government, state and civil events as requested by the governor's office, school systems and literary organizations. Dethlefsen succeeds Marilyn Taylor and will begin his two-year term immediately.

Dethlefsen, an alumni of UW-La Crosse and UW-Oshkosh, has written three books and recorded one CD. He spends much of his time organizing and leading workshops and judging poetry throughout the state.

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