April 11, 2005
St. Paul, Minn. — Kooser is the first poet laureate to hail from the middle of the country. He was born in Iowa in 1939, and now lives in Nebraska.
When his appointment was announced, Kooser was described as "a major poetic voice for rural and small town America. His verse reaches beyond his native region to touch on universal themes in accessible ways."
Kooser is the author of 10 collections of poetry, most recently "Delights and Shadows," which was published in 2004.
Kooser is in the Twin Cities for a Monday night appearance, and he spoke with MPR's Tom Crann.
To listen to their interview, choose the audio link in the right column.