A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Ryan Blacketter is the author of Down in the River: a novel. Born in 1969, he missed high school almost entirely, went before a judge twice, and had his record expunged at eighteen. He got a GED and attended community college. Ryan has received a literary grant from the Oregon Arts and Culture Council and a prison teaching grant at the Idaho Humanities Council. 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, Quick Fiction, Other Voices, and elsewhere. A Tennessee Williams Scholar, a former Tin House slush reader, and a teacher at Portland WITS, he has published essays in the Observer, the Rumpus, and Quillette. His story collection The Ice Festival was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Hudson Prize.
Please check out Ryan's story "Convent Boys," in Crab Orchard Review: https://craborchardreview.siu.edu/PDF/CORv14n1.pdf