Date:Wednesday, November 2Time:8:00 p.m.Description:
J.D. McClatchy has said about Kay Ryan, U.S. Poet Laureate (2008-2010), “Her poems are compact, exhilarating, strange affairs, like Erik Satie miniatures or Joseph Cornell boxes. She is an anomaly in today’s literary culture: as intense and elliptical as Dickinson, as buoyant and rueful as Frost.” Ryan has published numerous collections of poetry, including “The Niagara River” (2005), “Say Uncle” (2000) and “Elephant Rocks” (1996). “The Best of It,” an anthology of her work, won a Pulitzer Prize this year. Other awards include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Marin County, Calif.