Kay Ryan

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Date of Birth September 21, 1945
Place of Birth San Jose, California
Age 74 years old
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Kay Ryan

Kay Ryan is an American poet and educator. She has published seven volumes of poetry and an anthology of selected and new poems. From 2008 to 2010 she was the sixteenth United States Poet Laureate. In 2011 she was named a MacArthur Fellow and she won the Pulitzer Prize.

Born: 21, 1945, San Jose, California, U.S.
Occupation: Poet, educator
Period: 1970s-present
Genre: Poetry
Notable works: The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (2010)
Notable awards: Guggenheim Fellowship (2004), Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize (2004), United States Poet Laureate (2008–2010), Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2011), MacArthur Fellowship (2011)
Partner: Carol Adair (1978-2009†)

About Kay Ryan

Former United States Poet Laureate who received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for a 2010 collection entitled The Best of It. Her other poetic works include The Niagara River, Elephant Rocks, and Flamingo Watching.

Before Fame

She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Her poetry is known for being both succinct and highly introspective.

Family Life

Her partner, Carol Adair, died in 2009.


She received a 2012 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama.

Information related to Kay Ryan

  • Antelope Valley College alumni
  • Writers from San Jose, California
  • American Poets Laureate
  • Pulitzer Prize for Poetry winners
  • English teachers
  • National Humanities Medal recipients
  • LGBT poets
  • LGBT people from California

Latest information about Kay Ryan updated on June 01, 2020.

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