A two time Poet Laureate, from 2008 until 2010.
“What poetry does is put more oxygen in the atmosphere. Poetry makes it easier to breathe.”
Besides writing poetry, she developed Poetry for the Mind’s Joy in 2009 to highlight poetry being written on community college campuses.
Poetry for the Mind’s Joy is a national initiative that includes a videoconference, a national celebration by community colleges, and a poetry writing contest.
~ The ANTHOLOGY of winning poems ~
In April of 2011, Ms Ryan won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, for her collection The Best of It: New and Selected Poems.
Here is an example of her poetry:
Hide and Seek
― Kay Ryan,
The Niagara River
to jump out
waiting to be
hard to be
alone so long
and then hear
like some form
of skin’s developed
in the air
than have torn,
Hide and Seek, Artsy Time.