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Former national poet laureate to visit SMU Feb. 25

Kay Ryan will read, discuss her poetry, old and new

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.

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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.