American poet Kay Ryan served as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry from 2008-2010 at the Library of Congress. This guide provides access to selected print and online resources related to Ryan’s life and work.
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Created: March 18, 2020
Last Updated: September 1, 2020
On July 17, 2008, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Kay Ryan as the 16th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry. On making the appointment, Dr. Billington said,
"Kay Ryan is a distinctive and original voice within the rich variety of contemporary American poetry. She writes easily understandable short poems on improbable subjects. Within her compact compositions there are many surprises in rhyme and rhythm and in sly wit pointing to subtle wisdom."
This guide provides an overview of print and online resources related to Kay Ryan's life and work.