Ted Kooser Retires from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The following announcement is from the University of Nebraska Press Spring 2021 newsletter, i.e.

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Few people have been as supportive of the University of Nebraska Press as Ted Kooser, who retired from teaching at the university in December of 2020. Ted is a UNP author, having published many books with us—including The Poetry Home Repair Manual, Local Wonders, Valentines, Lights on a Ground of Darkness, and The Blizzard Voices, to name a few. He serves as editor of UNP’s Ted Kooser Contemporary Poetry series, which aims to publish selected works from overlooked poets. Over the years he has also graciously chaired our Press Advancement Council and filmed a video supporting the Press.

Despite his fame—he was U.S. Poet Laureate for two terms (2004–2006) and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2005—Ted remains down to earth, eager to assist both young poets and midcareer ones, and consistently humble. He will stay busy in his next stage, continuing to write more poetry and children’s books. We wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement. He’ll always be a friend of the Press.

New this Spring!

More in Time: A Tribute to Ted Kooser, edited by Jessica Poli, Marco Abel, and Timothy Schaffert, is a celebration and tribute to Ted Kooser, two-time U.S. Poet Laureate, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Presidential Professor of the University of Nebraska. Through personal reflections, essays, and creative works both inspired by and dedicated to Kooser, this collection shines a light on the many ways the midwestern poet has affected others as a teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend, as well as a fellow writer and observer-of-the-world. The creative responses included in this volume are reflective of the impact Kooser has had in his connections to other writers, while also revealing glimpses of his distinct way of seeing.

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