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John Prine named the first-ever honorary poet laureate of Illinois


The late John Prine has made yet more history after it was announced that J. B. Pritzker, the current Governor of Illinois, has made the musician the first-ever honorary poet laureate.

Prine, the hugely celebrated Grammy Award-winning musician, died earlier this year at the age of 73 after contracting coronavirus.

Prine, originally from a western suburb of Chicago, has now been named Illinois’ first honorary Poet Laureate.

“Illinois has been home to many talented poets like Carl Sandburg, Sandra Cisneros, and Gwendolyn Brooks who all used their words to inspire readers across the world. Today, I’m excited to announce the search committee that will recommend our next state poet laureate,” Pritzker said in a statement.

He added: “It’s also my honor to name our state’s first honorary poet laureate.

“John Prine leaves behind an unparalleled musical legacy and was beloved by family and millions of fans who hope that in Heaven he finds Paradise waitin’ just as he longed for.”

See the full statement, below.