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Kay Ryan talks about her appointment as the nation’s new Poet Laureate; reads several of her poems; and provides a glimpse into the hidden depths of her poetry.
Poet Kay Ryan was recently appointed as the Library of Congress’s 16th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2008-2009. She has written six books of poetry, plus a limited edition artist’s book, along with a number of essays. Her books include: “Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends” (1983), and “The Niagara River” (Grove Press, 2005). Ryan’s awards include the Gold Medal for poetry, 2005, from the San Francisco Commonwealth Club; the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from The Poetry Foundation in 2004; and four Pushcart Prizes. She has been selected four different years for the annual volumes of the Best American Poetry.
About the 2008 National Book Festival
The 2008 National Book Festival, organized and sponsored by the Library of Congress and hosted by First Lady Laura Bush was held on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.