Venue Details

335 Star Starred
Royce Hall at UCLA
340 Royce Drive Los Angeles, CA 90095
Venue website Get directions
1 events
1 review
4 stars
7 events
2 reviews
74 stars
The weather was Cold . I wore boots and jeans.
star this tip starred
View all 255 tips

Reviews & Ratings

Poets Laureate Billy Collins and Kay Ryan
7 ratings
4.1 average rating
  • 2
  • 4
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
38 events
17 reviews
6 stars
attended Apr 23 2011

Wonderful, and very interesting. Personally, I thought both poets were easy to hear and understand. I actually think the sonic qualities of Kay's peoms made them more appropriate in speaking voice than Billy's. I love Billy, but when I read his...continued

star this review starred report as inappropriate
65 events
15 reviews
7 stars
attended Apr 23 2011

Most of the banter was interesting, but it went on too long. I couldn't hear Kay Ryan well so I lost much of what she read and had to say. It would have been nice to have the poem projected on a screen as it was being read.

star this review starred report as inappropriate
8 events
3 reviews
6 stars
attended Apr 23 2011

Delightful evening. They were engaging and humorous. A real treat to see two of the best living poets.

star this review starred report as inappropriate
View All 5 Reviews
More Information


Two former U.S. Poets Laureate, Billy Collins and Kay Ryan, bring a lyrical feast to UCLA Live as they fill Royce Hall with humor and insight into the human condition through award-winning poetry.

Collins, winner of the 2004 inaugural Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry, served as America’s Poet Laureate from 2001-2003. Beloved for his ironic style, Collins is one of the top-selling modern poets and author of nine collections including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning and The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems.

California native and UCLA alumna Kay Ryan is revered for her complex and rueful style. Her work includes The Jam Jar Lifeboat & Other Novelties Exposed, a delightful collection inspired by stories from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, as well as Flamingo Watching, which was a finalist for both the Lamont Poetry Selection and the Lenore Marshall Prize. In 2004, Ryan was awarded The Ruth Lilly Prize—the Poetry Foundation’s highest honor.