Illinois’s New Poet Laureate

“When legendary wordsmith Gwendolyn Brooks died in December 2000 after more than three decades as Illinois’ poet laureate, she left behind some mighty big shoes to fill. On Wednesday, following a three-year search, poet and teacher Kevin Stein replaced her. A longtime English professor at Bradley University in Peoria and the married father of two, he edged out co-finalist Rodney G. Jones of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.”