Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Kay Ryan new Poet Laureate

On Thursday, Kay Ryan will officially be our new Poet Laureate. Here's the NY Times article. Hmm. You probably need to sign in for this. Okay, here are a few useful paragraphs.

"Known for her sly, compact poems that revel in wordplay and internal rhymes, Ms. Ryan has won a carriage full of poetry prizes for her funny and philosophical work, including awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2004, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, worth $100,000.

Still, she has remained something of an outsider.

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.”"



At 10:32 AM, Blogger chella said...

thanks for visiting my blog! we missed tin house too. aimee bender is soo good! i've finished my first year of a low-rez mfa in poery at new england college. love it but a lot of juggling since i teach full-time at sbcc.
hopefully in 2010 we can make it back. ciao, chella


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