Ryan Van Cleave

Fiction Writer, Poet

Sarasota, FL 34235

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 & Prizes


Behind the Short Story: From First to Final Draft (Pearson Longman, 2006)
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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)
Lynx Eye
Palo Alto Review
Prizes won: 

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

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Last update: May 06, 2011