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April 21, 2011
Kay Ryan and Billy Collins Where: Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, L.A. When: 8 p.m. Saturday Tickets: $28-$53 general admission, $15 UCLA students Info: (310) 825-2101; http://www.uclalive.org
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July 8, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
President Obama will award the National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medals to a total of two dozen writers, performers, artists and scholars on Wednesday. Ernest Gaines, author of the books "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and the National Book Critics' Circle Award-winning "A Lesson Before Dying," which was an Oprah Book Club pick, is the only novelist to receive an Arts medal. Playwright Tony Kushner and stage director/writer/performer Elaine May are among the honorees, which include filmmaker George Lucas, opera singer Renee Fleming, and musician Herb Alpert.
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August 2, 1998
What's the use of something as unstable and diffuse as hope-- the almost-twin of making-do, the isotope of going on: what isn't in the envelope just before it isn't: the always tabled righting of the present. From "Elephant Rocks" by Kay Ryan (Grove Press: 84 pp., $12)
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September 19, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
A UC San Francisco neurologist working to crack the mysteries of early-onset dementia and a Marin County poet known for her spare, often witty verses are among the 22 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants. Each winner will receive $500,000 over the next five years to use however they choose. Established in 1981, the prestigious prizes recognize originality and the potential for important future work in a wide array of sciences, arts and social activism. Among this year's other MacArthur recipients are a New Jersey silversmith who restores medieval treasures, a Massachusetts psychologist working to lower suicide rates and a North Carolina researcher who has made key advances in the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related concussions.
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April 18, 2011 | Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Jennifer Egan's "A Visit from the Goon Squad" has won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, it was announced Monday. "A Visit From the Goon Squad" was cited by the Pulitzer committee cited for being "an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed. " The book, Egan's fifth, is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
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April 25, 2010 | By John Freeman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Book review: ‘The Best of It: New and Selected Poems' by Kay Ryan The Best of It New and Selected Poems Kay Ryan Grove: 270 pp., $24 Contemporary poetry is a bit like visual art. Much of it makes you grab your chin and nod in stumped appreciation — but you wouldn't want to live with it. Kay Ryan's work, however, hangs well no matter where it goes. Clouds, calendars, time, birds, jackrabbits. Everything her eye falls upon takes on a brisk, beautifully complete clarity.
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December 9, 2005 | Laurel Maury, Special to The Times
The Niagara River Kay Ryan Grove Press: 72 pp., $13 paper * KAY RYAN's poems are thin, short scrolls, barely wider than popsicle sticks. She's easy to dismiss as cute. She's not. Ryan may be a miniaturist, but she doesn't try to contain the world in a grain of sand, or eternity in an hour. Hers is a small, sensible voice of wisdom, one that knows that our huge Western ideas of self are so much blustery untruth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
A UC San Francisco neurologist working to crack the mysteries of early-onset dementia and a Marin County poet known for her spare, often witty verses are among the 22 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants. Each winner will receive $500,000 over the next five years to use however they choose. Established in 1981, the prestigious prizes recognize originality and the potential for important future work in a wide array of sciences, arts and social activism. Among this year's other MacArthur recipients are a New Jersey silversmith who restores medieval treasures, a Massachusetts psychologist working to lower suicide rates and a North Carolina researcher who has made key advances in the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related concussions.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
President Obama will award the National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medals to a total of two dozen writers, performers, artists and scholars on Wednesday. Ernest Gaines, author of the books "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and the National Book Critics' Circle Award-winning "A Lesson Before Dying," which was an Oprah Book Club pick, is the only novelist to receive an Arts medal. Playwright Tony Kushner and stage director/writer/performer Elaine May are among the honorees, which include filmmaker George Lucas, opera singer Renee Fleming, and musician Herb Alpert.
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February 13, 2011 | By Carmela Ciuraru, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Dennis is known for his quiet lyricism, and his latest, "Callings" (Penguin: $18 paper), is similarly contemplative and restrained. Yet beneath their reticent surface, these poems brim with big questions about vocation, regret, identity and other issues, as in "Outdoor Café": No book or paper, and no expectation A friend will be joining me later on. Just the silent acceptance of life As it flows in the talk around me. With its constant questioning of what might have been and what's been lost, "Callings" is an apt poetic companion in these uncertain and anxious economic times.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2011
Kay Ryan and Billy Collins Where: Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, L.A. When: 8 p.m. Saturday Tickets: $28-$53 general admission, $15 UCLA students Info: (310) 825-2101; http://www.uclalive.org
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2011 | Reed Johnson and Carolyn Kellogg
Jennifer Egan's protean novel "A Visit From the Goon Squad," which uses the music business to explore how time and technology ruthlessly reshape individual lives, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and "Clybourne Park," Bruce Norris' tart, time-bending comic response to Lorraine Hansberry's landmark "A Raisin in the Sun," captured the drama prize. Among the other Pulitzer arts and literary winners, announced Monday, Ron Cherwin took the biography prize with "Washington: A Life," a candid exploration of the private and public identities of America's first president.
NEWS
April 18, 2011 | Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Jennifer Egan's "A Visit from the Goon Squad" has won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, it was announced Monday. "A Visit From the Goon Squad" was cited by the Pulitzer committee cited for being "an inventive investigation of growing up and growing old in the digital age, displaying a big-hearted curiosity about cultural change at warp speed. " The book, Egan's fifth, is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and is a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2011 | By Carmela Ciuraru, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Dennis is known for his quiet lyricism, and his latest, "Callings" (Penguin: $18 paper), is similarly contemplative and restrained. Yet beneath their reticent surface, these poems brim with big questions about vocation, regret, identity and other issues, as in "Outdoor Café": No book or paper, and no expectation A friend will be joining me later on. Just the silent acceptance of life As it flows in the talk around me. With its constant questioning of what might have been and what's been lost, "Callings" is an apt poetic companion in these uncertain and anxious economic times.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2010 | By John Freeman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Book review: ‘The Best of It: New and Selected Poems' by Kay Ryan The Best of It New and Selected Poems Kay Ryan Grove: 270 pp., $24 Contemporary poetry is a bit like visual art. Much of it makes you grab your chin and nod in stumped appreciation — but you wouldn't want to live with it. Kay Ryan's work, however, hangs well no matter where it goes. Clouds, calendars, time, birds, jackrabbits. Everything her eye falls upon takes on a brisk, beautifully complete clarity.
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July 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Kay Ryan, award-winning poet, mountain bike rider and self-described "modern hermit," will soon be going to Washington. The Library of Congress announced today that the lifelong Californian, whose compressed, metaphysical poetry has been compared to Emily Dickinson's, will succeed Charles Simic as the 16th U.S. poet laureate, starting in the fall. The appointment lasts for one year and comes with a $35,000 salary, plus $5,000 for travel, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2011 | Reed Johnson and Carolyn Kellogg
Jennifer Egan's protean novel "A Visit From the Goon Squad," which uses the music business to explore how time and technology ruthlessly reshape individual lives, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and "Clybourne Park," Bruce Norris' tart, time-bending comic response to Lorraine Hansberry's landmark "A Raisin in the Sun," captured the drama prize. Among the other Pulitzer arts and literary winners, announced Monday, Ron Cherwin took the biography prize with "Washington: A Life," a candid exploration of the private and public identities of America's first president.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Kay Ryan, award-winning poet, mountain bike rider and self-described "modern hermit," will soon be going to Washington. The Library of Congress announced today that the lifelong Californian, whose compressed, metaphysical poetry has been compared to Emily Dickinson's, will succeed Charles Simic as the 16th U.S. poet laureate, starting in the fall. The appointment lasts for one year and comes with a $35,000 salary, plus $5,000 for travel, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2005 | Laurel Maury, Special to The Times
The Niagara River Kay Ryan Grove Press: 72 pp., $13 paper * KAY RYAN's poems are thin, short scrolls, barely wider than popsicle sticks. She's easy to dismiss as cute. She's not. Ryan may be a miniaturist, but she doesn't try to contain the world in a grain of sand, or eternity in an hour. Hers is a small, sensible voice of wisdom, one that knows that our huge Western ideas of self are so much blustery untruth.
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