January 9, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138, email@example.com
Poet Kay Ryan will give a poetry reading at California State University, Bakersfield on Wednesday, Jan.11, at 7 p.m. in the Albertson Room in the Doré Theatre. Kay is the first reader in a projected California Writers Series, which aims to bring California writers to campus on a regular basis.
“We hope to do this once a quarter,” said Emerson Case, CSUB English professor. “We would like to bring individuals here to the campus the students wouldn’t normally be exposed to.”
Ryan grew up in small towns in the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert, including Pond and Rosamond, and lived for several years as a child in Bakersfield. She studied English at Antelope Valley Community College, UCLA, and UC Irvine. She now lives in Fairfax in Marin County.~ ~ Ryan has published six books of poetry – “Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends,”
“Strangely Marked Metal,” “Flamingo Watching,” “Elephant Rocks,” “Say Uncle,” and “The Niagara River.” Her work is regularly published in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and The Paris Review. It has been included twice in Best American Poetry and in Best of the Best American Poetry. She has received three Pushcart Prizes, an Ingram Merrill Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from Poetry magazine.
The free event, to which the public is invited, is sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the honor society for the English department.
For more information, please contact Case at (661) 654-6281.