Poet Kay Ryan was among the Pulitzer Prize winners announced today.

Listen to Stephanie Martin’s 2008 interview with Ryan, after she was named U.S. Poet Laureate, and you’ll hear her reading her poem “Things Shouldn’t Be So Hard.”

Listen to more of Ryan’s poems read by the author:



Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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