ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- An award-winning University of Maryland professor who founded the school's Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing has been named the state's poet laureate.
Stanley Plumly said he is flattered and looks forward to being part of the best of Maryland's culture. Gov. Martin O'Malley announced the honor Tuesday, saying Plumly is one of the nation's most critically acclaimed poets.
Plumly, who has been recognized by the university as a distinguished professor since 1998, has written nine books of poetry including a finalist for a National Book Award in 2007.
Plumly received his doctorate in 1968 from Ohio University and his work has been published more than 350 times in The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The Paris Review and The American Poetry Review.