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Film, Video Ted Kooser: Out of the Ordinary

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  • Ted Kooser: Out of the Ordinary


  • Ted Kooser, Poet Laureate and winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, closes out the 2004-2005 literary season with an hour-long exhibition of wit and award-winning poetry style.

Event Date

  • May 05, 2005


  • -  Ted Kooser was born in Ames, Iowa in 1939. He received his bachelor's degree from Iowa State and his master's in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the author of ten collections of poetry, including "Delights & Shadows" (Copper Canyon, 2004), which won the 2005 Pulitze Prize; "Winter Morning Walks: One Hundred Postcards to Jim Harrison" (2000), which won the 2001 Nebraska Book Award for poetry; "Weather Central" (1994); "One World at a Time" (1985); and "Sure Signs" (Pittsburgh, 1980). His fiction and non-fiction books include "Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry" (Copper Canyon, 2003) written with fellow poet and longtime friend, Jim Harrison; and "Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps" (2002), which won the Nebraska Book Award for Nonfiction in 2003. His honors include two NEA fellowships in poetry, a Pushcart Prize, the Stanley Kunitz Prize from Columbia and a Merit Award from the Nebraska Arts Council. In the fall of 2004, Kooser was appointed the Library of Congress's 13th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. He is a visiting professor in the English department of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He lives on an acreage near the village of Garland, Neb., with his wife Kathleen Rutledge, the editor of the Lincoln Journal Star.

Running Time

  • 56 minutes 26 seconds

Online Format

  • video
  • image

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