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. For Writers in the Schools, he taught at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon.
Ryan's short stories appear in Antioch Review, Crab Orchard Review, Eclectica Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, Image, Quick Fiction, and elsewhere. A Tennessee Williams Scholar at Sewanee, and a former Tin House slush reader, he has published essays in the Observer, the Rumpus, and Quillette.