English Department Alumni: Ryan Ridge
Ryan Ridge graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in English in 2006, and earned his MFA from the University of California, Irvine, in 2010. He is the author of four books, including American Homes (University of Michigan Press, 2014), which was The Michigan Library Publishing Club’s inaugural book club pick. His fiction and essays have appeared in Santa Monica Review, Mississippi Review, Potomac Review, Los Angeles Review, NERVE, DIAGRAM, Passages North, Salt Hill, and elsewhere. Ridge is an assistant professor at Weber State University and is married to writer Ashley Farmer. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and edits the literary magazine Juked.
Ryan will read at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture in February after being awarded the 2017 Italo Calvino Prize.
"Epiphanies are usually fictions; rarely do they occur in real life. However, one of my only epiphanies ever took place in a Paul Griner workshop (while studying English as an undergraduate) at the University of Louisville. I realized that each of us has a unique voice that can be sharpened through engagement with the written word. I realized that the more time I invested in this work, the better I'd become at it. I realized that pursuing a life of writing and the mind was a worthwhile endeavor, regardless of outcome. And so that’s what I’ve aspired toward.”