To the Bay Area and to Southern California, jus' sayin', and to all of the rest of you, two of the last four poet laureates of the United States have been from Fresno, which has long enjoyed for some 50 years the reputation as one of the American poetry centers. (And, yes, the jocular snideness of the initial opening phrase is intentional...just being Californian!)

2011–2012: Philip Levine

2015-Present: Juan Felipe Herrera