Governor Jay Nixon has chosen MU Professor of English Aliki Barnstone for the position of poet laureate of Missouri. A poet, translator, critic, and editor, she is the author of eight books of poetry. “From its earliest days as a state, Missouri has been home to some of our nation’s most talented poets, authors and playwrights,” Gov. Nixon said. “By having a state poet laureate, we are recognizing how these gifted artists continue to influence and inspire generations not only in Missouri, but around the world.” Read more at the Governor's website.