Kay Ryan came into office as an “unlikely” poet laureate, she has said, living a quiet life in California, working away on her refined, compact verse. Now in her second term as the 16th U.S. poet laureate, she has decided on a project to share with the nation.
Robert Hass served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. His books of poetry include “Time and Materials” (2007 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner); “Sun Under Wood: New Poems”; “Human Wishes”; “Praise”; and “Field Guide” (1973 Yale Younger Poets Series winner).
Known for compact writing and for leading a quiet life, Kay Ryan has taken on a very public role as the nation’s poet laureate. For more than 30 years, she has taught remedial English in Marin County, Calif. Her poems are often praised for their wit and wisdom. Continue reading
Known for short, compact writing and for living a very quiet life, Kay Ryan has taken on a big and very public role as the nation’s Poet Laureate. For more than thirty years, Ryan has lived and taught remedial English in Marin County, Calif.