The tenth state, which signed on 6/25/1788, has a Pulitzer Prize winning poet laureate to brag about.
Claudia Emerson won the 2006 Pulitzer for her poetry collection The Late Wife.
I love how Emerson's poem "Stable" is a kind of elegy for her state's rural roots.
One rusty horseshoe hangs on a nail
above the door, still losing its luck,
and a work-collar swings, an empty
old noose. The silence waits, wild to be
broken by hoofbeat and heavy
harness slap, will founder but remain;
while, outside, above the stable,
eight, nine, now ten buzzards swing lowin lazy loops
You can find the rest of the poem at the Poetry Foundation.
Just don't tell them that the Statue of Liberty really does belong to Jersey.