Ryan MacDonald (author)

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Ryan MacDonald (author)

Ryan MacDonald (born May 25, 1977, in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American writer, sound and visual artist. He won the American Short(er) Fiction Award for his title story in 2012.


MacDonald earned a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art and a Master of Fine Arts in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (where he was a University Fellow).


He is the author of The Observable Characteristics of Organisms (2014) from Fiction Collective 2.[1][2][3] In 2012, he won the American Short(er) Fiction Award for his title story.[4][5] In 2017 he was nominated for a Bessie Award in Outstanding Composition and Sound Design for Choreographer Vanessa Anspaugh's, The End of Men, Again.[6][7]


  • The Observable Characteristics of Organisms. FC2 2014. ISBN 978-1-57366-182-9


  1. ^ "Observable Characteristics of Organisms - University of Alabama Press". www.uapress.ua.edu. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Observable Characteristics of Organisms-Ryan MacDonald - KROnline". www.kenyonreview.org. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  3. ^ "The Observable Characteristics of Ryan MacDonald: An Interview". Route Nine. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  4. ^ "The Observable Characteristics of Organisms -". americanshortfiction.org. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Inside the Issue: An Interview with Ryan MacDonald -". americanshortfiction.org. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  6. ^ "The Bessie Awards Announce 2017 Nominees and Recipient for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award". bessies.org. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  7. ^ Kourlas, Gia (9 June 2016). "Review: Men Will Be Boys and Sometimes Infants". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 November 2017.