San Rafael, October 14, 2011 – Kay Ryan, United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning poet, will speak on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm at Angelico Hall on the campus of Dominican University. Ms. Ryan will read selections from her poetry, provide commentary, take questions from the audience, and sign copies of her books. Proceeds from this event will be used to support arts and poetry programming at all the branches of the Marin County Free Library.
A Native Californian, Ms. Ryan received bachelor and master’s degrees from UCLA. She has published numerous collections of poetry from Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends in 1983 to her latest The Best of It: New and Selected Poems in 2010. This most recent garnered the 2010 National Book Critics Award and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She was just informed that she is the recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant, a $500,000 no-strings-attached grant. Ms. Ryan has received numerous other awards including the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Union League Poetry Prize, the Maurice English Poetry Award and four Pushcart prizes.
J.D. McClatchy, editor of the Yale Review and President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, says, “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.”
Tickets for this Library fundraiser went on sale on September 1, 2011 at all the branches of the Marin County Free Library, Dominican University Library, College of Marin Bookstore, and online at Book Passage, http://bookpassage.com/. Adult tickets are $25, payable by cash or check, and student tickets, available for purchase only at the Library, are $20 with a valid student I.D.###
For further information, please contact Jennifer Livingston at 415-663-8375 or firstname.lastname@example.org.