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Former U.S. Poet Laureate to Speak at Community College of Philadelphia's Poets and Writers Festival

  • WHAT: Kay Ryan, 16th U.S. Poet Laureate, will read from her collected works as part of the 2012 Poets and Writers Festival at Community College of Philadelphia. The Poetry Foundation calls Ryan one of the most original voices in the contemporary landscape. Her best known works include: The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (Grove Press, 2010); The Niagara River (2005); and Say Uncle (2000). Ryan, a community college English teacher for more than 30 years, served two terms (2008 –2010) as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. During her second term, the California native created a national initiative celebrating the poetry writings of community college students. The reading will be followed by a question-and-answer session, after which Ryan will sign copies of her books. The College’s Poets and Writers Festival is an annual celebration of the literary arts. All events are free and open to the public.

  • WHERE: 3:30 p.m. –6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12, Room C2-28, Center for Business and Industry, 18th and Callowhill streets