Robert Hedin and U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser Reading

Friday, June 9, 2017 – 7:30 pm

The Anderson Center at Tower View is pleased to present a reading by two of the Midwest’s finest poets, Robert Hedin and Ted Kooser on Friday, June 9, at 7:30PM in the Center’s historic barn. Kooser and Hedin are two of the most iconic Midwestern poets writing today, both of whom are known for their honest, plainspoken verse that captures the vanishing way of life of rural and small town America. However, even though both poets write of the rural Midwest, they are by no means regional poets, because the subjects they write about are arguably universal and address the human condition—such as, the quest for and appreciation of beauty where there may seem to be none, and the dignity with which people manage the struggles of daily life.

Robert Hedin will be reading from his new book At The Great Door of Morning: Selected Poems and Translation, published by Copper Canyon Press. Hedin, co-founder and former director of the Anderson Center, has worked tirelessly to promote Minnesota authors and has served as a board member of the Loft Literary Center and grant reviewer for the Minnesota State Arts Council. He was born and raised in Red Wing and has an abiding love for Minnesota. Robert was a nationally renowned poet, translator, and editor well before he founded the Anderson Center and became an arts administrator. Joyce Sutphen, the current Minnesota Poet Laureate, says of Hedin’s poetry: “Robert Hedin’s work is like the person he is: clear and precise, always generous, and eternally understated. Minnesota is fortunate to count him as a native; his poems help us see our landscape (with its farmsteads, gardens, and storms) in new ways: a tall hydrangea becomes a Chinese poet; the garden a galaxy. The garden, however, is not an Eden; it is an earthly place, dusted with failure and loss—and still the poet hums as he works.”

Even though he has many loyal readers of his poetry, Kooser has just as many for his nonfiction, essays, and children’s books. In writing about Kooser’s poetry, former National Endowment for the Arts chairman and poet, Dana Gioia says, “There is to my knowledge no poet of equal stature who writes so convincingly in a manner the average American can understand and appreciate.”

Tickets can be purchased for $10 online at, but seating is limited to 117.


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