- 1945 - 2017
- Majority of material found within 1973 - 2017
- Ryan, Kay (Author)
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34.34 Linear Feet ((43 boxes) + 13 art)
Kay Ryan (1945-)
Ryan was born on September 21, 1945 in San Jose, California and raised in the San Joaquin Valley. She received both a B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1967 and 1968, respectively. In 1971, she began teaching remedial English part-time at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California, which she would continue for over 30 years. Ryan is the author of nine books of poetry, beginning with her self-published debut, Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends (1983), and her first commercially published collection, Strangely Marked Metal (1985). Other works include Flamingo Watching (1994), Elephant Rocks (1996), Say Uncle (2000), The Niagara River (2005), Jam Jar Lifeboat and Other Novelties Exposed (2008), and Erratic Facts (2015). Ryan’s poetry has been featured in publications such as The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The Yale Review, as well as numerous anthologies, including four volumes of The Best American Poetry. Ryan most recently published her first collection of essays, Synthesizing Gravity: Selected Prose (2020).
In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Ryan’s awards include the National Humanities Medal, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Union League Poetry Prize, and three Pushcart Prizes. She has also been the recipient of fellowships from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Ingram Merrill Foundation. She served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2006 to 2013.
Since 1971, Ryan has lived in Marin County, California. She was married to the late Carol Adair, a fellow instructor at the College of Marin, who was her partner from 1978 until Adair's death in 2009.
- American literature
- American poetry -- 20th Century
- American poetry -- 21st century
- Audiovisual materials
- Authors, American -- 20th century
- Authors, American -- 21st century
- Born digital
- College teachers -- United States
- Collins, Billy
- Drawings (visual works)
- Gioia, Dana
- LGBTQ resource
- Lehman, David, 1948-
- Lesbian authors -- United States
- Library of Congress
- Lindsay, Sarah, 1958-
- Menashe, Samuel, 1925-2011
- Moore, Rosalie, 1910-
- Paintings (visual works)
- Poetry Foundation
- Poets -- United States
- Poets laureate -- United States
- Poets, American
- Riley, Atsuro
- Ryan, Kay
- Teachers -- United States
- Women poets -- United States
- Guide to the Kay Ryan Papers
- by Emma Gronbeck
- May 2021
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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