CSM Connections Presents US Poet Laureate Kay Ryan. 7:30 p.m., April 2, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry, BI-113, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. With a personal belief that community colleges save lives and minds, US Poet Laureate Kay Ryan kicks off National Poetry Month at the College of Southern Maryland in her continued push to highlight community colleges as vital educational institutions. As part of the colleges Connections Literary Series and as part of the CSM Foundations 40th anniversary, Ryan will read poems from several of her collections, including the forthcoming The Best of It. $5. Tickets are available through the CSM Box Office, 301-934-7828. Guests are encouraged to pre-order tickets at the Fine Arts Center Box Office prior to the event. For information, call 301-934-7864 or 301-870-2309, 240-725-5499 or 443-550-6199, Ext. 7864 or http://www.csmd.edu/Connections/.