For Immediate Release
November 14, 2008
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In front of a standing room only crowd of approximately 200 poetry fans, Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser delivered a graceful yet potent reading during The College at Brockport’s Writers Voice event. Combining humor with the weight of poems discussing mortality, Kooser engaged listeners who filled the downtown MetroCenter Grand Atrium to see one of the leading voices in contemporary American poetry. Kooser, 71, introduced each of the poems he read, providing context for an audience that appreciated what he considered poems about the ordinary.
In addition to his appointment as US Poet Laureate by the Librarian of Congress in 2004 and 2005 and the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2005, Kooser’s many honors include two NEA fellowships in poetry, a Pushcart Prize, the Stanley Kunitz Prize from Columbia University, and the Boatwright Prize from Shenandoah.
Kooser is the author of a number of collections of poetry, including Flying at Night (2005), Delights & Shadows (2004); Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry (2003) written with fellow poet and longtime friend, Jim Harrison; Winter Morning Walks: One Hundred Postcards to Jim Harrison (2000), which won the 2001 Nebraska Book Award for poetry; Weather Central (1994); One World at a Time (1985); and Sure Signs (1980). His nonfiction books include The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets (2005) and Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps (2002).
Kooser was born in Ames, Iowa, in 1939. He received his BA from Iowa State and his MA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He lives near Garland, Nebraska, with his wife Kathleen Rutledge, the editor of the Lincoln Journal Star.
The Writer’s Voice lecture is in its fifth season, having previously featured poet Galway Kinnell, novelist/essayist Joyce Carol Oates, poet Yusef Komunyakaa, and novelist Ha Jin. The series is sponsored by The College at Brockport’s Writers Forum and M&T Bank.
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