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Kay Ryan

“I don’t think any poetry is written that isn’t primarily written to the self, in a way… I’m always talking to myself. But I seem to want somebody else to listen to it. I need, I do want an audience. So it’s a strange thing. It’s a very private...
Well, it's officially April. Not only does this mark the start of National Poetry Month, but it's also time to begin our countdown to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals , which will take place April 29-30 in Washington, DC. To kick off the next few weeks of couplets and quatrains, we...
April 15, 2010 Washington, DC U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan signs books for fans after her reading in the NEA Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the 2009 National Book Festival. Photo by Tom Roster What does U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan think about when she has quiet time? The answer will definitely...