Kay Ryan

Kay Ryan served as Poet Laureate from 2008 to 2010. She was named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow. There are no known settings of her poetry by American composer at this time.

Photo: Kay Ryan, from Houston's Outsmartmagazine.com, courtesy of the Library of Congress

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“Kay Ryan was born in 1945 in San Jose, California, and grew up in the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. For more than 30 years, she taught remedial English at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. Ryan’s poems are known for their brevity, wit, and frequent use of slant and internal rhymes. Her most recent book is The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (Grove Press, 2010). Ryan served as U.S. Poet Laureate for two terms, from 2008 to 2010. During her tenure, she initiated a poetry project that focused on poetry written by community college students across the nation. The project, “Poetry for the Mind’s Joy,” included a poetry-writing contest, a videoconference with students at community colleges, and designation of April 1 as Community College Poetry Day. The events were sponsored by the Library, in collaboration with the Community College Humanities Association.”

–Library of Congress Poets Laureate page

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