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Great Plains poet Ted Kooser of Nebraska will be the next poet laureate of the United States.
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington planned to officially announce the appointment today.
"Ted Kooser is a major poetic voice for rural and small town America and the first poet laureate chosen from the Great Plains," Billington said. "His verse reaches beyond his native region to touch on universal themes in accessible ways."
Kooser, 65, replaces Pulitzer Prize winner Louise Gluck in the eight-month position. Read all about it.