West Virginia Poet Laureates

Karl Dewey Myers
June 9, 1927-March 10, 1937
Tucker County
Governor Howard M. Gore

Roy Lee Harmon
March 11, 1937-November 1, 1943
Wayne County
Governor Homer A. Holt

James Lowell McPherson
November 2, 1943-October 10, 1946
Kanawha County
Governor Matthew M. Neely

Roy Lee Harmon
October 11, 1946-March 23, 1960
Raleigh County
Governor Clarence W. Meadows

Vera Andrew Harvey
March 24, 1960-March 6, 1961
Cabell County
Governor Cecil H. Underwood

Roy Lee Harmon
March 7, 1961-February 25, 1979
Raleigh County
Governor W. W. Barron

Louise McNeill
February 26, 1979-June 18, 1993
Greenbrier County
Governor John D. Rockefeller, IV

Irene McKinney
December 1, 1993-
Barbour County
Governor Gaston Caperton

FSUNow Stories

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art and the Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature will host a two-day Celebration of Issue 36 featuring nine Kestrel writers on March 31 and April 1.

Events will be located in Jaynes Hall and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the FSU campus and at the community coffeehouse, Joe ‘n Throw, 323 ½ Adams St., Fairmont.

On Friday, March 31, three day-time events are free and open to the public:

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University presented two awards at the Midwinter Gathering for the Friends of the Folklife Center on Friday, Feb. 24.

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Monday, November 07, 2016

A series of events will honor Fairmont native and “Forgotten Hero” James Show Maddox.

“This is a really inspirational story of leadership and survival and is an account of a World War II incident involving a young U.S. Navy ensign who grew up on Pittsburgh Avenue in Fairmont,” said local historian M. Raymond Alvarez, who became fascinated by Maddox’s story and has written a 50-page local history publication titled “Forgotten Hero.”

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