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Kay Ryan

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Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20091016, 20090410

In honor of the start of her second year as the 16th U.S. Poet Laureate, we present this encore interview with Kay Ryan. Sometimes seen as a poetry outsider, the California poet has spent her life teaching remedial English in Marin County, rather than making her living in the academic world of creative writing. Known for her compact poems that revel in word play, philosophy, and humor, Ryan reads from two of her books, The Niagara River and Say Uncle, and talks about what led her to poetry and the influence of her recently deceased partner, Carol.

| Subject Matter: Word Play, Philosophy, Humor | Interview Year: 2009 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: U.S. Poet Laureate |

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