January 25, 2016
DALLAS (SMU) – Former National Poet Laureate of the United States Kay Ryan will present a reading of her poetry at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, following a 6 p.m. reception in Room 131 of SMU’s Dedman Life Sciences Building.
The event is co-hosted by SMU English Professor Willard Spiegelman, the SMU Department of English, and the SMU Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences.
“Ryan will be reading from her poetry, presumably a mix of recent and earlier work,” Spiegelman says. “She is very engaging, humorous and compatible in an approachable way. She has a wonderful stage presence.”
In addition to serving as the nation’s 16th Poet Laureate from 2008-2010, Ryan has won a Pulitzer Prize and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011 – a prestigious distinction.
The event is free and open to the public.