Sarah Broom at the Prairie Shooner

July 2, 2013

Sarah Broom’s first collection was completed after learning she had stage-four lung cancer in 2008. At twenty-eight weeks pregnant, she was given only months to live. When I met her in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2011 she had given birth to her daughter and was bravely writing her second collection,Gleam, while submitting herself to an exhausting regime of drug trials and treatments in Auckland, Melbourne, and Boston. She was effervescent, optimistic, charming, and generous with her time. The talent on display in her first collection, Tigers at Awhitu, was dark and haunting and I was attracted to her work before understanding how much of it was made through adversity. Sadly, Sarah Broom died on April 18, 2013, five years after her initial diagnosis. Gleam will be published by Auckland University Press in August 2013. Selina Guinness says, “It is a collection written in extremis, and contains some of the most beautiful and startling poems about dying I have ever read.” Broom is survived by her husband, Michael Gleissner, and their three children, Daniel, Christopher, and Amelia, whom she lived to see go off to school.

Our conversation is published in the most recent edition of the Prairie Schooner.

Ryan is Observed

May 14, 2013

In advance of my show at the London Literature Festival, there was a little interview (and big picture) of me in the Sunday Observer Magazine. Come see me for a glass of port and some poems while I’m in London 31 May – 1 June.

Ryan Chats With Mary Ruefle on the Prarie Schooner

April 9, 2013

Today I’ve got some great news for all y’all who’ve been following our podcasts! The World Wide Poetry Studio is my new blog series for the Prairie Schooner magazine. In it, we’ll be featuring some of my favourite and most interesting poets in conversation from around the world. The first installment features one of my true literary loves, the brilliant poet, critic, and artist Mary Ruefle. Follow the link to visit the Prairie Schooner and to see how Mary ‘recognises the knock.’ There will be more of these throughout the year.