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Talking with the Nation's Poet Laureate

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Talking with the Nation's Poet Laureate

Talking with the Nation's Poet Laureate

Talking with the Nation's Poet Laureate

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Ted Kooser won the 2005 Pulitzer prize for poetry and publishes American Life in Poetry, a free weekly column for newspapers and websites that provides a brief poem and description as a way to bring verse to the masses. His poems are about the simple details of everyday life.

For 25 years, Kooser worked in the insurance business, waking up early to write verse. He retired from insurance work in 1999 and is now a professor in the English department of the University of

Nebraska-Lincoln. His many other awards for writing include two NEA fellowships, the Pushcart Prize and Columbia University’s Stanley Kunitz Prize. He has published many books of poetry, most recently Flying at Night.

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