Kay Ryan, who was named this week as the poet laureate of the United States, graduated with degrees in English from UCLA in the 1960s. In her new honorary position, which is chosen by the Library of Congress, she will be the nation's leading poetry champion. She has an accessible style that should fit right in. Ryan acknowledges that she sometimes plays for laughs at readings, saying that she "needs to know the audience is out there, and the quickest way to feel it is through their laughter.
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