Michael Ryan (poet)

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Michael Ryan (born 1946 in St. Louis) has been teaching creative writing and literature at University of California, Irvine since 1990.[1]


He taught previously at the University of Iowa, Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. He is also a contributing editor at The Alaska Quarterly Review.[2] He is currently the director of the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine.

He has written four books of poems, an autobiography, a memoir, and a collection of essays about poetry and writing.

His work has appeared regularly in The American Poetry Review, The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Threepenny Review, The New Yorker,[3] Poetry Magazine.[4]

He currently lives in California with his wife, Doreen Gildroy, and their daughter, Emily.[5]


Selected publications[edit]

  • "A Posthumous Poetics". Poetry. September 1973.
  • "Insult". The New Yorker. November 5, 2007.
  • "Airplane Food". Threepenny Review. Winter 2005.
  • 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; paperback, 1990)
  • In Winter [poems]. (Holt, 1981)
  • Threats Instead of Trees [poems]. (Yale University Press, 1974)


  1. ^ "UCI E&CL Faculty Profile". www.faculty.uci.edu. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  2. ^ EMMONS, STEVE (1995-07-18). "A Secret Life : In his new book, poet and professor Michael Ryan leads us down the dark path of his sexaddiction . . . and back". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2009-08-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Michael Ryan". Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation. 2018-03-13. Retrieved 2018-03-13.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ Ryan, Michael (2000-11-16). "Michael Ryan". Michael Ryan. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2009-08-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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