Truman Capote Award Ceremony & Reception: Kay Ryan & Heather Clark

Sep 14, 2022

04:00 PM

Old Capitol Museum, Senate Chambers

21 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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Kay Ryan (Photo Credit Don Usner) and Heather Clark (Photo Credit Carolyn Simpson)

The Truman Capote Award Ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. The event will feature remarks by Heather Clark and a reception in the Old Capitol Museum. Both events are open to the public.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan won the 2021 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin for her book, Synthesizing Gravity: Selected Prose, released by Grove Press in 2021, and Heather Clark won the 2022 award for her book Red Comet: The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath, released by Alfred A. Knopf in 2020. Due to complications related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Truman Capote Award announcement and celebration were postponed one year.

Kay Ryan photo credit, Don Usner | Heather Clark photo credit, Carolyn Simpson

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