Ryan Ridge

Poet, Fiction Writer

Weber State University 1395 Edvalson Street, Dept. 1404
Ogden, UT 84408-1404

Author's Bio

Ryan Ridge is the author of four chapbooks as well as five books, including the recently released story collection, New Bad News (Sarabande Books, 2020).

He has received the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction, the Linda Bruckheimer Prize in Kentucky Literature, and the Kentucky Writers Fellowship for Innovative Writing from the Baltic Writing Residency. His work has been featured in American Book ReviewDenver Quarterly, Passages North, Post Road, Salt Hill, Santa Monica Review, and Southwest Review, among others.

A graduate of the University of Louisville and the MFA Programs in Writing at UC Irvine, he is an assistant professor at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where he co-directs the Creative Writing Program. In addition to his work as a writer and teacher, he edits the literary magazine Juked. He lives in Salt Lake City with the writer Ashley Farmer. 

Publications & Prizes


New Bad News (Sarabande Books, 2020)
Second Acts in American Lives (Alternating Current Press, 2018)
Weird Weeks (Cupboard, 2018)
American Homes (The University of Michigan Press, 2016)
Hunters & Gamblers (Dark Sky Books, 2011)


Ox (BatCat Press, 2011)
Prizes won: 

Linda Bruckheimer Award in Kentucky Literature (2018), Kentucky Writers Fellowship for Innovative Writing from the Baltic Writing Residency (2018), Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction (2016)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
James Baldwin, Donald Barthelme, Wendell Berry, Michael Bible, Roberto Bolaño, William S. Burroughs, Blake Butler, Italo Calvino, Raymond Chandler, Lydia Davis, Joan Didion, Brian Evenson, Barry Hannah, Brandon Hobson, John Keene, Etgar Keret, Michelle Latiolais, Jonathan Lethem, Gordon Lish, David Markson, Claudia Rankine, Amber Sparks, James Tate, Hunter S. Thompson, and Diane Williams

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Born in: 
Louisville, KY
Raised in: 
Louisville, KY
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Last update: Sep 26, 2020