Friday, April 07, 2017

Ryan is a contributer at the Observer


Click here for Ryan's articles: Observer Articles. Though he generally disagrees with Milo--and dislikes his delivery--he defends his right to speak and publish. 

Thank you to Observer editor, Kevin Currie.


Monday, April 03, 2017

Quillette Essay

Finding anti-speech enforcement at universities right and left, Ryan praises colleges and departments that have located a centrist independence.


Click here: A Raft of Books

Monday, January 16, 2017

She's Back to Sleeping

Ryan's story "She's Back to Sleeping" appears in Eclectica Magazine, America's oldest continuously publishing online journal, twenty years and counting. 

Click Here: She's Back to Sleeping



Sunday, January 01, 2017

Ryan Likes Teaching Prisoners

Ryan is proud to volunteer for PEN America's Prison Writing Program. For a hundred years, PEN has defended writers from harassment, censorship, even the penalty of death, all over the world. 


"Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself." --Salman Rushdie, former PEN director





Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Online Fiction Workshop, May-July 2017


High-Risk Fiction: A Writing Workshop
This class encourages fiction that, like all good writing, takes risks. This riskiness sets literature apart from the dishonesty of bad books, TV, and movies. Workshop is not confession, but in the privacy of their writing rooms students might begin to tell personal stories that perhaps they have only told about other people. 

Friday, July 01, 2016

Biography

A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Ryan Blacketter is the author of Down in the River. He works as a mentor for PEN America's Prison Writing Program. His short stories appear in Antioch Review, Crab Orchard Review, Eclectica Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, Image, and elsewhere. Ryan has completed a novella, The Argentine Woman, and is working on a collection of essays that includes articles published in the Observer, the Rumpus, and Quillette. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Reviews for Down in the River: Fiction Writers Review, Paste, The Rumpus, Largehearted Boy, etc.


Reviews, interviews and endorsements of 
Ryan Blacketter's Novel, Down in the River.



Fiction Writers Review: "What makes this novel so warm and heartbreaking despite its gruesome material is that all the characters are driven by their love and concern for each other." Click here to read the entire review: Fiction Writers Review


The Rumpus: "[Down in the River] casts us deep into a haunting, crystalline forest of ice-lit trees, broken streetlamps . . . a place where a kind of inner wilderness has crept back through the city, where the lights of passing trains, the reflections of windows and the 'cry of night birds' appear intermittently like forms of meaningless chaos or secret signs." The Rumpus


Paste Magazine's interview with Ryan Blacketter: "The human story is a fairly dark one with painful and dangerous impulses that we all have. And that's coupled with a fortress-like psychology that most people have, protecting them from the awareness of the fact that they are part of this human experience." Paste Magazine

Monday, February 15, 2016

Radio Interview In Ketchum



Ryan's radio interview in Ketchum. He neglected to clarify in the interview that he loves Amy Hempel--the best of the 80s quirky minimalists.

Podcast of Ryan's Interview:

https://archive.org/details/FinalCutPodcast2_201503

Monday, February 01, 2016

Ryan's Rumpus Essay on Guided By Voices

"Albums of Our Lives: Alien Lanes"

Thanks to the Guided by Voices fans who commented and sent notes. 

And thanks to Rumpus assistant music editor and musician 
Liz Wood, who helped me develop this piece.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Recommendations




“Ryan is committed to the writing life… The evidence of his hard work is found in his precise, musical sentences.” --Frank Conroy



"Ryan's seriousness is his most striking trait. It might better be called gravity. It is no doubt largely attributable to a somewhat unconventional upbringing, toward which he has developed a thoughtful and respectful detachment. He has a marvelous eye for the textures of the most commonplace experience, the kind that familiarity makes almost subliminal."   

--Marilynne Robinson