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Kansas' first poet laureate
on July 1, 2005,
has been recognized as one of America's foremost poets. He is a
University Distinguished Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence
at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.
Announcement and Congratulations
Jonathan Holden will
retire in August 2013 after 35 years of service to Kansas State University.
With gratitude, Kansas State University recognized Jonathan’s significant
contributions to the fields of creative writing and literary criticism and
to the mission of Kansas State University. at an event held at the Kansas
State University Alumni Center, Manhattan Kansas, Saturday, April 6,
honor and celebration of his retirement, colleagues, students (past and
present), friends and acquaintances gathered to recognize and pay tribute to
his many accomplishments and contributions.
Sponsored by the KSU English Department, the event was planned and hosted by
Elizabeth Dodd (University Distinguished Professor), Karin E. Westman
(Department Head & Associate Professor) and Dan Hoyt (Assistant Professor).
Special guests included four of Jonathan's former students and Professor
Denise Low, (former Kansas Poet Laureate, 2007-2009). Each reminisced how
Jonathan had inspired them and countless others over the years.
Each read select poems from Jonathan's collections as well as examples of
their own work. Those presenting included: Derick Burleson (M.A. ’90 -
professor of Creative Writing, U of ALaska Fairbanks), Greg German (B.A.
’85), , Ed Skoog (B.A. ’93 - visiting professor at the University of
Montana), Michael Verschelden (B.A. ’09).
in attendance was friend and former United States Poet Laureate, Ted Koozer.
Read Jonathan's Bio
Photo by David Mayes, K-State photographer
Back, L-R: Derick Burleson, Greg German, Ed Skoog, Michael Verschelden
Front, L-R: Denise Low, Jonathan Holden, Ted Koozer
"Jonathan Holden is one of our most intelligent poets... It is not always easy to be both brilliant and generous of spirit. It is our good fortune that Holden wears his learning lightly and with such unaffected grace and
-- former Poet Laureate
United States of America
Jonathan Holden, I think, really directed the course that American
poets followed and took through the end of the 20th century and the
beginning of the 21st; he's a prophet.
Holden student &
Prof. U. of Alaska Fairbanks
"Holden's command of language is staggering his range of subjects is extensive. He writes about sex, mathematics, nationalism,
propaganda, baseball, blackmail — always with an emotional honesty that pushes his observations in surprising directions that the reader can never anticipate."
—U. of Arkansas Press
of Holden's book,