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Interview with Kay Ryan by Neshama Franklin

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Published on Sep 13, 2013

Marin Poets Live! is a public access television monthly show presented by Marin County Free Library (http://www.marinlibrary.org/) and features host Neshama Franklin, who works at the Fairfax Branch Library. The show introduces local Marin poets and delves into their reasons for writing and the influence that living in Marin County has had on their poetry.

In each interview, Neshama spends time eliciting background from each poet as well as offering her insights into the poems that each guest reads aloud.

This interview with Kay Ryan aired Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 7:30pm.

The monthly show appears the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm PST. Check the Community Media Center of Marin for schedules (http://cmcm.tv/community-schedule).

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Kay Ryan Biography

Kay Ryan, United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, was born in California in 1945 and grew up in the small towns of the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. Since 1971, she has lived in Marin County in Northern California.

About her work, J.D. McClatchy has said: "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's poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, The Yale Review, Paris Review, The American Scholar, The Threepenny Review, Parnassus, among other journals and anthologies. Ryan was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2006. In 2008, Ryan was appointed the Library of Congress's sixteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.

Her poems have been included in three Pushcart Prize anthologies (1997, 1998, 2004) and have been selected four times for The Best American Poetry (1999, 2005, 2006). In 2011 Ryan was listed as a finalist for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award.

Awards
2011 - MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program "Genius" Grant
2011 - Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
2004 - Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize
2004 - Guggenheim Fellowship
2001 - National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
2001 - Maurice English Poetry Award
2000 - Union League Poetry Prize
1995 - Ingram Merrill Award
1988-1997 - The Best of the Best American Poetry

Bibliography
2010 - The Best of It: New and Selected Poems
2008 - The Jam Jar Lifeboat & Other Novelties Exposed (re-release of Believe It or Not!)
2005 - The Niagara River
2002 - Believe It or Not!
2000 - Say Uncle
1996 - Elephant Rocks
1994 - Flamingo Watching
1985 - Strangely Marked Metal
1983 - Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends

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