Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Kay Ryan Joins Living Writers Series

News Image Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning collection The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, will give a reading at Muhlenberg College on October 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Miller Forum, Moyer Hall.

 Friday, October 18, 2013 09:52 AM

This event, part of the College’s Living Writers series  is free and open to the public.

Ryan, United States Poet Laureate from 2008-2010 and 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner, has published several collections of poetry, including The Niagara River, Say Uncle, Elephant Rocks,  Flamingo Watching (finalist for both the Lamont Poetry Selection and the Lenore Marshall Prize), Strangely Marked Metal, and Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends (1983).

Her most recent collection, The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, was nominated for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in April, 2011.

In addition to the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Ryan has been awarded 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. Her work has been selected four times for The Best American Poetry and was included in The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-1997. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Fred Cody Award for Lifetime Achievement in Community and Literature.

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 and Parnassus, among other journals and anthologies.

Living Writers, established in 1994, is a course offered once every three years that brings six established and emerging writers to Muhlenberg College. The students read their recent works and then interact with the authors directly as they visit campus for a day. The writers come to class, have lunch with students and then give a public reading of their work in the evening.

Future readings will be given by writers Terrance Hayes (11/4), and Chris Ware (11/18).