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Ted kooser

Ted Kooser. Courtesy the Library of Congress.

Ted Kooser (born April 25, 1939) is an American poet. He served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004 to 2006.[1]

LifeEdit

YouthEdit

Born in Ames, Iowa, in 1939, Kooser earned a B.Sc. at Iowa State University in 1962 and an M.A. at the University of Nebraska in 1968.

CareerEdit

He is the author of 12 collections of poetry. He is a former vice-president of Lincoln Benefit Life, an insurance company, and a former owner of a book publishing company, Windflower.

He lives near the village of Garland, Nebraska, and teaches as a Visiting Professor in the English department of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is married to Kathleen Rutledge, former editor of the Lincoln Journal Star.

Like Wallace Stevens, Kooser spent much of his working years as an executive in the insurance industry (although Kooser sardonically noted in an interview with the Washington Post that Stevens had far more time to write at work than he ever did.

He hosts the newspaper project "American Life in Poetry."[2]

RecognitionEdit

Kooser has won two NEA Literary Fellowships (in 1976 and 1984), the Pushcart Prize, the Nebraska Book Awards for Poetry (2001) and Nonfiction (2004), the Stanley Kunitz Prize (1984), and the James Boatwright Prize.

On August 12, 2004, Kooser was named Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress to serve a term from October 2004 through May 2005. In April 2005, he was appointed to serve a second term as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. During that same week Kooser received the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for his book "Delights and Shadows" (Copper Canyon Press, 2004).

PublicationsEdit

PoetryEdit

  • Official Entry Blank. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1969.
  • Grass County. Lincoln, NE: Windflower, 1971.
  • Twenty Poems. Crete, NE: Best Cellar Press, 1973.
  • A Local Habitation and a Name. San Luis Obispo, CA: Solo Press, 1974.
  • Not Coming to Be Barked At. Milwaukee, WI: Pentagram Press, 1976.
  • Old Marriage and New: Poems. Austin, TX: Cold Mountain Press, 1978.
  • Sure Signs: New and selected poems. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1980.
  • Cottonwood County (with William Kloefkorn). Lincoln, NE: Windflower, 1980.
  • On Common Ground: The poetry of William Kloefkorn, Ted Kooser, Greg Kuzma, and Don Welch. Lewiston, ID: Sandhills Press, 1983.
  • One World at a Time. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1985.
  • The Blizzard Voices. Minneapolis, MN: Bieler, 1986.
  • Weather Central. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1994.
  • Winter Morning Walks: 100 postcards to Jim Harrison. Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2001.
  • Braided Creek: A conversation in poetry (with Jim Harrison). Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2003.
  • Delights and Shadows: Poems. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2004.
  • Flying at Night: Poems, 1965-1985. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005.
  • Valentines. Loncoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2008.

FictionEdit

  • Hatcher (illustrated fiction). Lincoln, NE: Windflower, 1978.

Non-fictionEdit

  • Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps. (essays). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2002.
  • The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical advice for beginning poets (essays). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.
  • Writing Brave and Free: Encouraging words for people who want to start writing (with Steve Cox). Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2006.
  • Lights on a Ground of Darkness: An evocation of place and time. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.

EditedEdit

  • The Windflower Home Almanac of Poetry. Lincoln, NE: Windflower, 1980.


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the Poetry Foundation.[3]

Audio / videoEdit

Poetry Everywhere "Daddy Long Legs" by Ted Kooser01:21

Poetry Everywhere "Daddy Long Legs" by Ted Kooser

  • Ted Kooser (cassette). Kansas City, MO: New Letters, 1984.
  • Voices of the Plains (cassette). Lincoln, NE: Slow Tempo Press, ©1991.
  • Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps (eAudiobook). Ashland, OR: Blackstone Audio, 2009.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Poet Laureate Timeline: 2001-present". Library of congress. 2009. http://www.loc.gov/poetry/laureate-2001-present.html. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  2. American Life in Poetry
  3. Ted Kooser b. 1939, Poetry Foundation, Web, June 26, 2012.
  4. Search results = au:Ted Kooser, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 17, 2016.

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