Noted Poets to Read at Yale

Poets Charles Simic and Kay Ryan will read from their recent work on Tuesday, April 8, at Yale University. The reading will begin at 8 p.m. in Byers Hall Common Room of Silliman College, 505 College St. The event, sponsored by The Yale Review, is free and open to the public.

Mr. Simic, author of 13 books of poetry and three of prose, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 for “The World Doesn’t End.” His book “A Wedding in Hell” won a Jane Kenyon Award for poetry. He has received a PEN International Award, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Edgar Allan Poet Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and teaches English at the University of New Hampshire.

“Walking the Black Cat”, Harcourt Brace, 1996, Mr. Simic’s most recent publication, presents a haunted landscape that blends the surreal and the mundane, the sacred and the profane. A New York Times Book Review critic commented, “Few contemporary poets have been as influential–or as inimitable–as Charles Simic. For more than 30 years his work has claimed citizenship to its own dreamlike land.”

Ms. Ryan, who teaches and writes in California, will be giving her first public readings on the East Coast in April. She has written three volumes of poetry, “Strangely Marked Metal”, 1985, “Flamingo Watching”, 1994, and most recently, “Elephant Rocks”, Grove Press, 1996. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, and The New Republic, as well is in several anthologies. She teaches at the College of Marin. Poet Mary Sarton has written, “Kay Ryan makes it all fresh again with her highly original vision, her elegant, quirky craft. These poems look easy, but the deeper one delves, the more they astonish and astound.”

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