Kay Ryan has been named the 16th Poet Laureate of the United States, as the torch is passed to her from Charles Simic.
The appointment lasts for one year and comes with a $35,000 salary, plus $5,000 for travel and a "splendid office," according to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.
Ryan is a resident of California and in the last thirty years has published six volumes of poetry. She has also taught part-time at Marin College.
Poets Who Blog sends out best wishes to the new Poet Laureate! You can read a profile about her by clicking here.