Pulitzer Prize winner Kay Ryan celebrates Dickinson’s legacy with readings from her own poems as well as those of Dickinson. Reception to follow featuring Dickinson’s beloved black cake.

Co-sponsored with The Poetry Society of America

Introduced and conversation moderated by Poetry Society of America Director Alice Quinn

Kay Ryan’s voice maintains a detached yet insightful perspective in wry sometimes gleeful verse. Ryan is the author of several books of poetry, including Flamingo Watching, The Niagara River, and Say Uncle. Her book The Best of It: New and Selected Poems won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Ryan's other awards include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Union League Poetry Prize, the Maurice English Poetry Award, and three Pushcart Prizes. Ryan was elected a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets in 2006. In 2008, she was appointed the Library of Congress' sixteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.