Thursday, July 17, 2008

Kay Ryan, Poet Laureate of the U.S.

From: INSIDE HIGHER ED July 17, 2008 Daily Update

Kay Ryan, a prize-winning poet who teaches remedial English at the College of Marin, will today be named poet laureate of the United States, The New York Times reported. The article includes links to some of her writing.

The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/books/17poet.html?_r=3&oref=slogin&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Ms. Ryan likes to take familiar images and clich├ęs and reincarnate them in a wholly original form. “The Other Shoe” reads:

Oh if it were
only the other
shoe hanging
in space before
joining its mate.

She has published six books of poetry and her work regularly appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Review of Books.

One of her first duties as poet laureate is an appearance at the National Book Festival on Sept. 27 on the National Mall in Washington. More formally she will kick off the Library of Congress’s annual literary series on Oct. 16 by reading her own work. The library doesn’t require much of its laureates, although in recent years many have undertaken projects to broaden poetry’s reach to children and adults. Ms. Ryan has no definite plans, but said she might like to “celebrate the Library of Congress,” adding “maybe I’ll issue library cards to everyone.”


Leora Kemp, Librarian
UNT Dallas Campus

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