Voice from the Heartland

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Meet the new poet laureate, Ted Kooser. A self-described shy and retiring Midwesterner, he’s being hailed as a major voice for rural and small town life.

Kooser has never tried to be a poet’s poet. Instead, he wants to use his time as laureate to extend the reach of poetry far beyond the reading room and literary journal — and straight into the great, wide heart of America.


Ted Kooser, America’s new poet laureate.