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Kay Ryan with Atsuro Riley, 13 April 2011 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 13, 2011.

Kay Ryan was appointed the Library of Congress’s 16th Poet Laureate in 2008. She has published several collections of poetry, including The Niagara River, Say Uncle, and Flamingo Watching. A re-issue of her 2002 collection, Believe It or Not!, poems inspired by stories from the newspaper cartoon Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, has recently been re-released and re-titled as The Jam Jar Lifeboat & Other Novelties Exposed. Her most recent publication is The Best of It: New and Selected Poems. A longtime resident of Marin County, she was born in California in 1945 and grew up in the small towns of the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. 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, The Paris Review, and The Threepenny Review, among other journals and anthologies. She was named to the “It List” by Entertainment Weekly and one of her poems has been permanently installed at New York’s Central Park Zoo. Ryan was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2006. In October 2009, Kay Ryan launched her project “Poetry for the Mind’s Joy,” an initiative through which she hopes to draw national attention to community colleges, as well as drawing the colleges’ attention to poetry.

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Eamon Grennan with Dennis O’Driscoll, 13 February 2008 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 13, 2008.

Eamon Grennan (right) in conversation with Dennis O'Driscoll at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Wednesday, February 13, 2008. Photo: Don Usner
Eamon Grennan has said, “As far as I’m concerned, poetry is about elegy. Every poem is a memory of some kind, a celebratory elegy. Poems are like shells. Something is gone and that’s why you write.” His volumes of poetry include So It Goes, Still Life with Waterfall, and his latest, The Quick of It. He writes in both the ancient tradition of mournful remembrance in attention to the natural world and the modern impulse to seize and preserve the moment. Grennan returns to his native Ireland yearly for “voice transfusions” from his home in New York, where he teaches at Vassar College.

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