Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein is stepping away from the position effective December 1st.
The Bradley University English Professor has served in the role for 14 years. As state poet laureate, Stein offered nearly 250 presentations, poetry readings, school visits and judging activities. The Poetry Now project was one of his most notable endeavors. Stein presented his work at more than 5o libraries in Illinois and donated funds for the purchase of collections written by Illinois poets.