U.S. poet laureate to perform at University of South Dakota The University of South Dakota will host an evening of poetry featuring the newest U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser on Friday, Oct. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Neuharth Media Center.
The evening will include a musical performance by College of Fine Arts students, poetry readings by graduate and Ph.D. students in the English department, and a performance and book signing by Kooser. Earlier in the day, Kooser will meet with poetry and creative writing students.
Kooser follows in the footsteps of Robert Frost, Gwendolyn Brooks and Rita Dove as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, but it was Kooser's insight into rural and small-town America that made him the first Poet Laureate from the Great Plains.
"My poems are about the world I see about me," Kooser said. "Poetry can offer readers fresh new ways of looking at the ordinary, everyday world."
Kooser is the author of 10 full-length collections of poetry, including Delights and Shadows and Winter Morning Walks: One Hundred Postcards to Jim Harrison, winner of the 2001 Nebraska Book Award for poetry. Additionally, his work was published in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, The Hudson Review, The Kenyon Review, Pairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in poetry, the Pushcart Prize, the Stanley Kunitz Prize, The James Boatwright Prize, and a Merit Award from the Nebraska Arts Council.