Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20091016, 20090410
In honor of the start of her second year as the 16th U.S. Poet Laureate, we present this encore interview with Kay Ryan. Sometimes seen as a poetry outsider, the California poet has spent her life teaching remedial English in Marin County, rather than making her living in the academic world of creative writing. Known for her compact poems that revel in word play, philosophy, and humor, Ryan reads from two of her books, The Niagara River and Say Uncle, and talks about what led her to poetry and the influence of her recently deceased partner, Carol.
Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Creighton University, she reads from her thir...
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