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Kay Ryan will be named Poet Laureate of the United States today. Read more about her here.

“Kay Ryan may be the only American poet who describes her writing process as “a self-imposed emergency,” the artistic equivalent of finding a loved one pinned under a 3,000-pound car.” Read more.

Here is a list of former US Poets Laureate.

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Jane Mead is featured today on Poetry Daily. Read two poems from her new book The Usable Field. Jane has also written House of Poured-Out Waters and The Lord and the General Din of the World.

Jane Mead is former Poet-In-Residence at Wake Forest University. She now manages her family ranch in Napa, California.

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The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature continues to publish its Summer Progressive issue. The next poet Nic Sebastian will be added on Saturday. Nic blogs at Very Like a Whale.

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