Billy Collins and Kay Ryan: Poets Laureate at UCLA's Royce Hall
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The last date listed for Poets Laureate Billy Collins and Kay Ryan was Saturday April 23, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from John RedmondRed Velvet
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Better than expected. Glad we went. Billy Collins was terrific; a comedian in verse. And the obvious rapport and mutual appreciation was a pleasure. But Kay Ryan was hard to hear/understand during their conversations because she spoke to Billy, not the audience and her poems are so dense and brief they need to be read and thought about, and don't work so well being read aloud.
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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
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.