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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Kay Ryan is named U.S. poet laureate

"The Library of Congress has announced that Kay Ryan, 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 and a "splendid office," according to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington"

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