Kay Ryan Shares Insights With Student Interns

February 04, 2010

MasterclassMost master classes consist of the author critiquing works of the interns in front of a live audience. In honor of current Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, it was only right to try something new. On Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. in Bush Auditorium, the Winter with the Writers interns led a conversation with Ryan in order to understand the specificities of her poems on a more personal basis.

Each intern asked penetrating questions about specific poems in three of her books: Elephant Rocks, Say Uncle and The Niagara River. Ryan read every poem before answering any questions, so that audience members new to her work would be able to follow the conversation. During the reading of these poems, “oohs” and “aahs” could be heard from both the interns and the audience.

After 45 minutes, the audience was then allowed to ask some of their own questions, all of whom showed an overwhelmingly positive response to Kay Ryan’s writing style. During this time, Ryan also read some of her poems from her newest collection, “The Best of It,” a book of her greatest poetry, including a few new unpublished poems.

-Lucy DiBrigida (Class of 2010)

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