Kooser Week Schedule

Monday evening, November 6 - public presentation
Ted Kooser: A Reading and Conversation.
7:00 p.m. at UH Manoa Campus Center Ballroom
Free and open to the public

Tuesday afternoon, November 7
Do-It-Yourself Poetry: A Session for Writers with Ted Kooser
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Paliku Theatre, Windward CC
Registration required - Download forms here.

Wednesday evening, November 8 - public presentation
Poetry Reading
7:00 p.m. at the Kilauea Military Camp Theatre, Volcanoes National Park -- sponsored by the Volcano Art Center
phone: (866) 967-7565 (toll free) or 967-7564 (on island)

Thursday evening, November 9 - public presentation
Local Wonders: Poetry and Place
7:00 p.m. at Paliku Theatre, Windward CC
Free and open to the public

Friday morning, November 10:
What Makes Poetry? And Why Teachers Should Care
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Paliku Theatre
Workshop for teachers of students from 3rd grade to college, librarians, and all who work with student writers.
Registration required - Download forms here..

Photograph of Ted Kooser

Read a biography

View some video excerpts

Listen to an interview (requires Real Player)

A Poetry Reading

Once you were young along a river, tree to tree,
with sleek black wings and red shoulders.
You sang for yourself but all of them listened to you.

Now you’re an old blue heron with yellow eyes
and a gray neck tough as a snake.
You open your book on its spine, a split fish,
and pick over the difficult ribs,
turning your better eye down to the work
of eating your words as you go.

from Weather Central

View past poems (opens in new window)

Works by Ted Kooser
(with links to Amazon.com for more information)

Picture of Cover to Poetry Home Repair Manual


The event is coordinated by:
Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Hawaii System
The Windward Arts Council - and Windward Community College
(including the Language Arts Department, the Paliku Theatre and the WCC Library)

Sponsored by:
Hawaii Council for the Humanities
The Cooke Foundation - Hawaii Literary Arts Council - Star Poets - Volcano Arts Center
BookEnds in Kailua - 'Iolani School - Starbucks Coffee Hawaii

More information on the "Visit Committee" is available here.

For more information, contact Lillian Cunningham at e-mail <lillianc@hawaii.edu>

Why bother with poetry? read Sir Phillip Sidney's A Defence of Poesie and Poems, located at Project Gutenberg or your local library