United States Poet Laureate to speak at Binghamton University
Ted Kooser, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and current United States Poet Laureate, will give the Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award Reading at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in the Watters Theater located in the Fine Arts building on the Binghamton University campus. The reading is free and open to the public.
Kooser, an Iowa native who was named Poet Laureate in 2004, is the author of several collections of poetry and prose, including “Sure Signs” (1980), which received the Society of Midland Authors Prize for the best book of poetry by a Midwestern writer published in that year; and “Winter Morning Walks: One Hundred Postcards to Jim Harrison” (2000), winner of the 2001 Nebraska Book Award for Poetry.
A book of his essays, “Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps” (2002), won the Nebraska Book Award for Nonfiction in 2003. The book was also chosen as the Best Book Written by a Midwestern Writer for 2002 by Friends of American Writers, and it won the Gold Award for Autobiography in ForeWord Magazines Book of the Year Awards. Kooser is a visiting professor in the English department of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan, director of the creative writing program and professor of poetry at Binghamton University, considers Kooser's visit a real 'coup' for the University. “I e-mailed him and asked him to come to read and he said ‘yes,’” she recalled. “And the next day he won the Pulitzer Prize.”
The reading is sponsored by the Center for Writers at Binghamton University.