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Congratulations to New Poet Laureate Kay Ryan!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on July 28, 2008

Kay Ryan

Kay Ryan

Kay Ryan was appointed the sixteenth Poet Laureate of the United States on July 17. Ms. Ryan was born in California in 1945 and grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. She earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from The University of California Los Angeles. She has lived in Marin County since 1971. Ryan will be featured in the upcoming Poets Forum of the Academy of American Poets in November. Ms. Ryan is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets; you can read her profile on their website, Another helpful article is available on the Library of Congress website.
Ryan has published several collections of poetry, including The Niagara River (Grove Press, 2005); Say Uncle (2000); Elephant Rocks (1996); Flamingo Watching (1994), which was a finalist for both the Lamont Poetry Selection and the Lenore Marshall Prize; Strangely Marked Metal (1985); and Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends (1983).

Her awards include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Union League Poetry Prize, the Maurice English Poetry Award, and three Pushcart Prizes. Her work has been selected four times for The Best American Poetry and was included in The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-1997.


One Response to “Congratulations to New Poet Laureate Kay Ryan!”

  1. Cool! You might also enjoy this column about her at and this podcast featuring Kay Ryan at .

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