Poet takes home $100k

Poet Kay Ryan has won the 19th annual $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize:

She has never taken a creative writing class and, other than a semester at San Quentin Prison, has never taught one either.

“I think poets are kind of wild and unteachable,” Ryan said, “I see how creative writing programs can create an interest in poetry and maybe a market for it, but I don’t see how they can encourage poetry in the deepest sense.”

For an alternate perspective, see: “Poet cashes fat check, uses new forum to spout anti-intellectual bullshit.”


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