Kay Ryan will succeed Charles Simic as the 16th Poet Laureate of the United States. She was selected by James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress, with advice offered by poets, critics and academics around the country.
Here's the piece from the NY Times: "Kay Ryan, Outsider With Sly Style, Named Poet Laureate," by Patricia Cohen.
In the piece, Ryan says of writing poetry: "I wanted to do it, but I didn't want to expose myself."
Also, here's the official release from the Library of Congress: Librarian of Congress Appoints Kay Ryan Poet Laureate.
Ryan becomes the first woman Poet Laureate since Louise Gluck held the post 2003-2004.