The 2010-2011 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series—the 30th anniversary season—closes with a reading celebrating National Poetry Month by one of the nation’s wisest and wittiest poets, Kay Ryan, U.S. Poet Laureate from 2008-2010. Kay Ryan’s poetry has been compared to Fabergé eggs—“tiny, ingenious devices that inevitably conceal some hidden wonder” (Salon.com). Sixteenth Poet Laureate of the United States, Ryan self-published her first book of poetry, Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends, and since then, has won many major awards. Ryan’s other collections include The Niagara River, Say Uncle, Elephant Rocks, Strangely Marked Metal, and Flamingo Watching, which was a finalist for both the Lamont Poetry Selection and the Lenore Marshall Prize. Publishers Weekly says of her latest book of poetry, The Best of It: New and Selected Poems, “Her tiny, skinny poems pack a punch unlike anything else in contemporary poetry, though not unlike haiku, if haiku could be cut with a dash of Groucho Marx,” and the Los Angeles Times says the book “reveals that right before our eyes Ryan has become a classic American poet…. Spending time with this book can alter the mind.” The reading will be followed by an on-stage interview, conducted by poet, critic, and UH Creative Writing Program faculty member Ange Mlinko, and a book sale and signing, where audience members can meet the author.