CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina poet laureate Marjory Wentworth has decided to bid goodbye to the job penning and promoting verses in the Palmetto State after 17 years.

Wentworth, a professor of English at the College of Charleston who has published several books of poetry, Friday she had stepped down from the non-salaried honorary position.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed serving as poet laureate. But after 17 years, it’s time to pass the honor onto someone else,” Wentworth .

Wentworth said she hoped her resignation would generate momentum toward a bill in the state legislature that would allow the position to rotate among poets in the state.

First appointed by Gov. Mark Sanford in

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