Echo Roy Klaproth

The state of Wyoming has a new Poet Laureate today: Echo Roy Klaproth. Klaproth is a fourth generation rancher, and well as a teacher. She's written three books of poetry.

Klaproth is Wyoming's sixth Poet Laureate. Her predecessor, Pat Frolander, held the position beginning in 2011. Matt Mead, Governor of Wyoming, named Klaproth the new poet laureate at a news conference on Wyoming Day.

“Echo captures the essence of Wyoming and our state’s ranching heritage in her poetry,” Governor Mead said. “We look forward to her serving Wyoming in this distinguished capacity. Her poetry is inspiring and will enrich our lives.”

Klaproth is a nationally recognized poet who has written three books of poetry. Klaproth is also a teacher who participated in an event at the Smithsonian celebrating ranch life.

“As a fourth generation Wyoming rancher, one of the reasons I write is to save the legacy my family has been blessed to enjoy – that which they’ve worked diligently to keep going since the late 1800s,” Klaproth said. She takes the mantle from Pat Frolander who served as Poet Laureate from 2011 to the present.

Congratulations Echo! Read more about her appointment at County10.

Originally Published: July 18th, 2013