U.S. poet laureate title set Kooser on path to prove Midwest's worth

Ted Kooser, Presidential Professor of English at UNL, reads
his poetry to community members Tuesday night at St.
Mark's Espiscopal Pro-Cathedral. Kooser served as the U.S.
Poet Laureate from 2004-2006.

While sitting at home alone on a Friday night in 2004, Ted Kooser received a phone call.

" 'Is this Ted Kooser? The poet?' they asked. And I said yes. And it was the Library of Congress calling, wanting to know if I would like to be the next poet laureate of the United States," Kooser recollected.

The call was one that would affect the course of Kooser's life for the next several years, leading him to opportunities and audiences across the country, including an audience in Hastings Tuesday night at St. Mark's Episcopal Pro-Cathedral.

Kooser read several dozen of his published and unpublished poems at the event, which was part of the month-long Elinor Bartholomew Fine Arts Festival held annually at the church.

He also reflected on the serendipitous and humorous start to his career as a laureate and national poetry advocate with reverence and down-to-earth wit.

To read more, see Wednesday's Hastings Tribune or the Tribune e-edition.>>>

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