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Poet Laureate to Visit Ohio Wesleyan in February

January 16, 2007

As part of the Katherine Kearney Carpenter Lecture series, Ohio Wesleyan University will host the 2004-2006 National Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Gray Chapel. As part of his presentation, Kooser will read a sampling of his poems.

A professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kooser is the author of 11 full-length collections of poetry including Delights and Shadows and Weather Central. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in poetry, the Pushcart Prize, the Stanley Kunitz Prize, The James Boatwright Prize, and a Merit Award from the Nebraska Arts Council.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives. The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.