On October 14, 2010 The NH Writers' Project and the Concord Monitor will present the first Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry to Ted Kooser, a Pulitzer-Prize winner who preceded Hall as U.S. poet laureate. This is a kick-off event for the Concord Literary Festival.
Kooser will read his poems after the presentation. Hall will be there and will also read briefly. Kooser is an incredibly accessible poet whom Dana Gioia, former head of the National Endowment for the Arts, has called one of the most original poets of his generation."There is to my knowledge no poet of equal stature who writes so convincingly in a manner the average American can understand and appreciate," Gioia wrote of Kooser. "He has transformed the common idiom and experience into fresh and distinctive poetry."
Date: October 14, 2010 at 7pm
Venue: Concord City Auditorium
Cost: $10; buy your tickets at the Monitor's office, Gibson's Bookstore, or at the door.