In this Open House event, Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate Kay Ryan reads from her work. A Q&A session will follow the reading. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; some audience members will stand.
Acknowledged as one of the most original voices in the contemporary landscape, Kay Ryan's most recent poetry collection,The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (2010), won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Ryan's tightly compressed, rhythmically dense poetry is often compared to that of Emily Dickinson and Marianne Moore. Ryan has earned the status of one of the great living American poets, and served as U.S. Poet Laureate in 2008. She is the recipient of several major awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has received the Union League Poetry Prize and the Maurice English Poetry Award, as well as the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Since 2006 she has served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
CTA trains: Chicago Red line stop; Chicago Brown line stop
CTA buses: #66 Chicago Avenue bus; #22 Clark Street bus
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs. Opened to the public in June 2011, the Poetry Foundation building in Chicago provides new space for the Foundation’s extensive roster of public programs and events. It also houses a public garden, a library, and an exhibition gallery, as well as the offices of the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine. For more information, please visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
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