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Klaproth named Wyoming's new poet laureate

Jul 17, 2013 - From staff reports

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has named Shoshoni rancher Echo Roy Klaproth as the state's new poet laureate.

Mead recently signed an executive order appointing Klaproth. She is the sixth poet laureate in state history.

Mead says Klaproth's work captures the essence of Wyoming's ranching heritage.

Klaproth, a teacher, has written three books of poetry.

Klaproth is a fourth generation rancher. She says she writes to preserve the ranching legacy her family has worked to keep going since the late 1800s.

Klaproth follows Pat Frolander, who had served as poet laureate from 2011.

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