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Royce Hall at UCLA
340 Royce Drive Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Review from Onceler
38 events 17 reviews

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

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Review from Bernard Nisenholz
68 events 16 reviews

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.

reviewed Apr 23 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
8 events 3 reviews

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

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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.

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