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Ryan Van Cleave

Author's Bio

Ryan G. Van Cleave was the 2007-2008 Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington at The George Washington University. He has taught creative writing and literature at Clemson University, Eckerd College, the Florida State University, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as at prisons, community centers, and urban at-risk youth facilities. He lives in Sarasota, FL where he works as a freelance writer, editor, consultant, ghostwriter, and script doctor. He serves as Director of C&R Press, a non-profit literary organization based in Chattanooga, TN. The author (or co-author) of sixteen books, his poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in such publications as The Boston Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, National Geographic Adventures, Ploughshares, The Progressive, SCENE Magazine, Scott Stamp Monthly, TriQuarterly, and Writers' Digest.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Behind the Short Story: From First to Final Draft (Pearson Longman, 2006), The Magical Breasts of Britney Spears (Red Hen Press, 2006), Imagine the Dawn (Turning Point, 2005), Red, White, & Blues: Poets on the Promise of America (University of Iowa Press, 2004), Ha Ha Tonka (Higganum Hill Books, 2003), Vespers: Contemporary American Poems of Religion and Spirituality (University of Iowa Press, 2003), Contemporary American Poetry: Behind the Scenes (Pearson Longman, 2002), American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement (University of Iowa Press, 2001), Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence in America (University of Iowa Press, 2001), Say Hello (Pecan Grove Press, 2000)
Journals:
Apostrophe, Chelsea, Lullwater Review, Lynx Eye, Palo Alto Review, Paterson Literary Review, Third Coast
Prizes:
Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellowship; Anastasia C. Hoffman Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Institute for Creative Writing; Edward H. and Marie C. Kingsbury Fellowship at Florida State University; SPOUT journal's Story of the Year prize; Zone 3 Poetry Award/First Prize; American Poetry Anthology Award; Don Russ Poetry Prize/First Prize

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
No Right to Remain Silent by Lucinda Roy, Turn Coat by Jim Butcher, The Poetical Cat by Felicity Bast
Favorite Books:
F. Scott Fitzgerald's THE GREAT GATSBY; Yusef Komunyakaa's NEON VERNACULAR
Favorite Authors:
Tim O'Brien Wallace Stevens Walt Whitman

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Listing last updated: May 6, 2011

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Caucasian
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Neenah, WI
Raised in:
Chicago, IL
Agent:
Claire Gerus

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