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Kay Ryan, U.S. Poet Laureate: A Resource Guide

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.


U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan. 2008-2010. Photo by Christina Koci Hernandez.

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.

To suggest additions to this guide, please contact the Researcher and Reference Services Division.

Contact Information for Kay Ryan

If you would like to contact Kay Ryan please direct your inquiries as suggested below:

  • Reading and Event Requests: Contact Steven Barclay Agency External, which represents Kay Ryan, if you would like to schedule Ryan for a reading or other event.
  • Permissions Requests: Contact the publisher of the poem or work written by Ryan that you'd like to use.
  • Reference Questions: Use the Library's Ask a Librarian service.