Nebraska poet on parade

As April is National Poetry Month, I’ve been seeing more than my usual share of poetry posts around the blogosphere. I’ve been especially tickled when I find one featuring the work of a Nebraska poet, in this case Ted Kooser.

Carrie at Books and Movies posted several Kooser poems, all taken from his Delights and Shadows:

And Beth Kephart wrote about meeting Kooser.


(Screenshot capture of video still on Kooser's website.)

Ted Kooser was the United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. He won a Pulitzer for Delights and Shadows. He is a Presidential Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the author of twelve full-length collections of poetry. Born in Ames, Iowa, in 1939, Kooser earned a bachelor’s at Iowa State University in 1962 and an master’s at the University of Nebraska in 1968. He lives on an acreage near the town of Garland, Nebraska, with his wife, Kathleen Rutledge, and their dogs, Alice and Howard.

This post is part of my Literary Road Trip through Nebraska.

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5 responses to “Nebraska poet on parade

  1. How cool to be able to claim Kooser as part of your state’s heritage! I really have come to love his work.

  2. Kooser’s poems are so approachable and it is great to have any Nebraskan become so prominent. Are you a native or do you live here now?

  3. I love a home state “star”. I look forward to the local Omaha paper on Sundays where a poem from Mr. Kooser is featured. Thank you for the links!

  4. Pingback: Literary Road Trip: April Literary Road Map | Jenn's Bookshelves

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