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Ted Kooser was the 13th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and the first Poet Laureate chosen from the Great Plains. A Midwesterner born in Iowa, Kooser is the author of 10 collections of poetry, including most recently "Delights & Shadows: Poems" (Copper Canyon Press, 2004). He is the recipient of two Society of Midland Authors Prizes for Poetry, a Nebraska Book Award for Poetry; two National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowships, the Pushcart Prize, the Stanley Kunitz Prize, the James Boatwright Prize and a Merit Award from the Nebraska Arts Council. Mr. Kooser is visiting professor in the English department of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.