The Madeleine Brand Show for September 20, 2011

U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan awarded 2011 MacArthur "Genius Grant"

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Christina Koci Hernandez

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Kay Ryan has been awarded a 2011 McArthur Genius Grant

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Kay Ryan just got some good news--about half a million dollars worth of good news. The former U.S. Poet Laureate was among the names announced today by the MacArthur Foundation to receive its 2011 Fellowship.

The annual prize, also known as a "Genius Grant," awards $500,000 to individuals who demonstrate exceptional creativity in their work and promise even more for the future. Ryan talks to Alex Cohen about receiving the "face-numbing" news, growing up in the Mojave Desert and whether she's always been destined to be a poet.

Guest:

Kay Ryan, American poet and educator.


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