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Michael Ryan
Professor, English
Co-Director, MFA Programs in Writing (Poetry), English

Ph.D., University of Iowa
M.F.A., University of Iowa
Research Interests:
American Literature; Creative Writing; Poetry, Poetics; Autobiography
Academic Awards:
Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, National Book Award Finalist, Pen USA Award for Creative Nonfiction Finalist, Whiting Writers Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, Borchard Fellowship, Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, Awards from The Poetry Society of America, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and Virginia Quarterly Review, and others. Poetry Readings and Lectures at The Academy of American Poets; The Library of Congress; The Poetry Center of the 92nd St.YM-YWHA, New York City; The Writer's Voice of the West Side Y Center For The Arts, New York City; The Poetry Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; The Poetry Society of America, Los Angeles; Morning Edition, National Public Radio; Fresh Air, National Public Radio; Bookworm, KCRW, Los Angeles; The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC, New York; 20/20 (ABC News); Harbourfront, Toronto; National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City; The San Francisco State University Poetry Center; Universities of Arizona, California (Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Riverside), Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Virginia, Vermont; Boston, Brown, Harvard, Northwestern, Princeton, Syracuse Universities; Dartmouth, Kenyon, Reed, Pomona, Sarah Lawrence, Williams Colleges; and many others
Research Summary:
Michael Ryan is the director of the MFA Program in Poetry. He has been teaching creative writing and literature at UCI since 1990. He taught previously at the University of Iowa, Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He has written five books of poems, an autobiography, a memoir, and a collection of essays about poetry and writing for which he has won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Lenore Marshall Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, among many other distinctions. His most recent book of poems, This Morning, was published in 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Selected Publications:
  This Morning (poems)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
  New And Selected Poems

Houghton Mifflin, 2004
  Baby B (memoir)

Graywolf Press, 2004
  A Difficult Grace: On Poets, Poetry, and Writing (essays)

University of Georgia Press, 2000
  Secret Life (autobiography)

Pantheon, 1995; Vintage paperback, 1996
  God Hunger (poems)

Viking Penguin, 1989
  In Winter (poems)

Holt, 1981
  Threats Instead of Trees (poems)

Yale University Press, 1974

Contact Information

     Campus Address
     Michael Ryan
University of California, Irvine
310 Humanities Instructional Building
Irvine, CA 92697-2650
Mail Code: 2650
     Campus phone: (949) 824-8773
     Campus phone: (949) 824-2916
Date last modified: 07/26/2012

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