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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet to present at UNI

March 17, 2011

Julie E. Husband, associate professor, English language and literature, 319-273-3849,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Ted Kooser, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, will read from his work at 7 p.m., Monday, March 28, in the Commons Ballroom on the University of Northern Iowa campus. There will be a reception and book signing immediately following the lecture.

Following his presentation, Kooser will be interviewed by Jeremy Schraffenberger, UNI assistant professor of English language and literature, and take questions from the audience. A reception and book signing will conclude the evening.

One of the most highly regarded poets in the nation, Kooser served as the United States poet laureate from 2004 to 2006. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his book of poems, "Delights and Shadows." His works have appeared in "The Atlantic Monthly," "The New Yorker" and "The Hudson Review," among others. Kooser was born in Ames and earned a B.S. from Iowa State University in 1962, as well as an M.A. from the University of Nebraska in 1968. He currently lives near Garland, Neb. with his wife.

Kooser's presentation, which is part of the Reninger Speaker Series, is sponsored by the Department of English Language and Literature. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Julie Husband, associate professor of English language and literature, at 319-273-3849 or