Kay Ryan

Johanna Lawshea

Kay Ryan is the author of several books of poetry, including Flamingo Watching, The Niagara River, and Say Uncle. Her book The Best of It: New and Selected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Ryan is National Humanities Medal recipient. She served two terms as U.S. Poet Laureate and is currently a MacArthur Fellow. In her latest collection, Erratic Facts (Grove Press) Ryan examines enormous subjects—existence, consciousness, love, loss—in compact poems that have immensely powerful resonance. Sly rhymes and strong cadences lend remarkable musicality to her incisive wisdom. While these pieces are composed of the same brevity and vitality that has characterized her singular voice over the course of more than twenty years, her mind is sharper than ever, her imagination more eccentric and daring.