I met Ted Kooser several years ago when he was one of the faculty members at the Wyoming Writers conference. I ended up sitting next to him during a book signing. At the time, I was trying to sell my romance novel, We Shall Overcome, and I thought having him near me would bring me more book sales. Such was not the case. A lot of people gravitated in our direction, but most spoke to him and bought his books and ignored me. During his presentations when someone asked him a question, he had a habit of making funny noises with his mouth while trying to figure out the best answer. I'm assuming this was because of the mouth cancer he had. I was relieved when he didn't make any of these noises while sitting next to me at the book signing. All in all, meeting him was a good experience.
Thank you, Glenda, for this plug for Ted's column and his poetry. I'm honored to have had one of my poems selected for inclusion, and I hope more mountain and southern poets will have their work featured there.
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