Kay Ryan Named New Poet Laureate

Kay Ryan was named the new Poet Laureate of the United States this week, and I'm sure there's some conservatives in DC who are just chomping at the bit that a lesbian has the big honor. You go, girl! I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan and hearing her read a couple of years ago at the Austin International Poetry Festival. Her reading at the closing event was the highlight of the evening for me. 

I was reading other folks' blogs this evening and C. Dale had posted a link to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle about Ryan's reaction to getting the job.

Ryan learned about the honor Monday, when she and her partner of 30 years, Carol Adair, arrived home from the Aspen Ideas Festival to find a phone message from Billington.

"I thought, oh my God, this can mean only one thing," Ryan said, "and the blood ran out of my head."

The next day was a busy one, because she and Adair were scheduled to be remarried, having married the first time in 2004 at City Hall in San Francisco. "We'll have to get the rings re-engraved with the new date," she said.

I adore Kay Ryan!


Ryan is a wonderful choice. Very deserving.
Maggie May said…
i have never heard of her. and now i will read her. :)
I recall you mentioning her before, Coll, and I am very excited that she has been so honored!
How lovely that she and her partner are getting married, albeit again!
i love her work and we talked briefly once on that Hariett blog at PF im glad she's our leader now ;)
Nick said…
First came across her in Poetry and have enjoyed her work since.
Emily A. Benton said…
that is such great news!
(i say as I emerge out from under my rock)
Anonymous said…
She's had some association with West Chester over the years, yet balks at the tag "New Formalist." She's the closest thing I'll ever have to a role model.

Robin Kemp
When I heard the news I had a huge smile on my face.

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