The 19th US poet laureate has been named as Natasha Trethewey.
The 46-year-old is one of the youngest laureates to take on the role, taking over from Philip Levine.
Trethewey, who currently works as an English and creative writing professor at Emory University in Atlanta, will begin her term in September.
As the poet laureate, her duties will include writing poems for national newspaper publication and performing poetry readings across the country.
Trethewey is considered Mississippi's top poet and will become the first person to serve as state and US laureate at the same time.