This is a landmark publishing event—the first ever collection of Ryan’s prose and a combination of her unpublished essays and musings, as well as some previously published work. The pieces range from Ryan’s unique close readings of the work of Larkin, Moore, Borges, and Marilynne Robinson, to her opinions on writer’s conferences, and mediations on creativity, forgetfulness, reading, and her home.
A Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets since 2006, Kay Ryan won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for The Best of It (which has sold almost 20,000 copies to date) and was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 2008 until 2010. She is the recipient of major awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She has received the Union League Poetry Prize and the Maurice English Poetry Award, as well as the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. In 2013, she received a National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama.
A literary outsider who taught remedial English skills for more than thirty years at a community college in California, Ryan marries off-beat original insights with curiosity, wit, and wordplay in her work.
Her poems have been included in three Pushcart Prize anthologies, have been selected four times for The Best American Poetry; and have been published in the New Yorker, Literary Hub, and elsewhere.
Grove has been the longtime publisher of Ryan’s work. Her collections include: The Best of It, Erratic Facts, The Niagara River, Say Uncle, and Elephant Rocks.
Synthesizing Gravity will appeal not only to Ryan’s fans, but readers of books like American Originality by Louise Glück, the essays of James Wood, Marilynne Robinson, Vivian Gornick, and Susan Sontag.