When: Thursday, April 14, 7 pm
Salon: Private Residence, RSVP email@example.com
What: Everyman’s Poet: Ted Kooser’s Down-to-Earth Poems, Essays and Surprising Musical Verse
Bonus: Lisa Huffaker performs
Refreshments made possible by Ben E. Keith
Critic and everyday painter Martha Heimberg and poet, mezzo soprano, guitarist and joyful artist Lisa Huffaker lead an evening of reading and exploring the work of poet and essayist Ted Kooser, Nebraska-born Pulitzer Prize Winner (Shadows and Delights) and 2004 US Poet Laureate.
Kooser’s diction, drawn from everyday speech, never makes an allusion that a smart, unbookish reader won’t grasp. Many of his short poems are about perception itself, the signs of human habitation, and the uncertainty of human knowledge.
An insurance executive at Lincoln Benefit Life Company for 30 years, Kooser lives on acreage outside Lincoln, and now teaches classes in “Poetry Repair” at the University of Nebraska. He wakes at 4:30 a.m. and begins to write. When he’s not writing and teaching, he paints. At 76, he has won every American prize in poetry and non-fiction. The poems are short, sweet and wow!
Kooser received a Grammy as a librettist in 2015. Nine poems from his book Winter Morning Walks were set to music by Maria Schneider and sung by Dawn Upshaw. The CD swept the awards in contemporary classical music.
7:00 p.m. Wine and bread
7:30-7:50 p.m. Martha talks about Ted’s Winter Morning Walks
7:50-8:15 p.m. Lisa plays guitar and sings some melodies she made up to match Ted’s poems from Shadows and Delights
8:15 p.m. More singing in the wilderness of old East Dallas until 9:00 p.m.