Michael Ryan was born in St. Louis, Missouri in and was educated at the University of Notre Dame, Claremont Graduate School, and the University of Iowa. While at Iowa, Ryan was the poetry editor of The Iowa Review. His collections of poetry include Threats Instead of Trees (1974), selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets and a finalist for the National Book Award; In Winter, which was a National Poetry Series selection; God Hunger, recipient of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and New and Selected Poems, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Ryan has taught at colleges and universities across the country and is currently on the faculty at the University of California—Irvine.
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