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The new poet laureate

A look at a 2004 Monitor interview with Kay Ryan, the new poet laureate of the United States.

By / July 18, 2008



Call it the triumph of the outsider.

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Kay Ryan has been named the new poet laureate of the United States. It's a powerful vindication of the woman who, in her undergraduate days, was turned down for membership at her university's poetry club. Her fellow poets at UCLA, apparently, considered her too independent.

To see a lovely interview with Ryan, click on this 2004 Monitor piece by former Monitor staffer Elizabeth Lund.

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