Fiction writer Erin Kate Ryan is a McKnight Artist Fellow, a James Jones First Novel Fellow, and the recipient of grants and scholarships from Bread Loaf, the Millay Colony, and Vermont Studio Center.
Her debut novel Quantum Girl Theory is based on the real-life disappearance of Paula Jean Welden from Bennington College in 1946. Her short fiction has appeared in VQR, The Normal School, Conjunctions, and Glimmer Train, among other places.
She holds a J.D. from Boston University and an M.F.A. from Bennington Writing Seminars, where she was an Alumni Fellow in fiction.
At MacDowell, she worked on a novel based on a 1925 Boston hotel collapse, as well as a book related to the craft of narrative tension.
Portrait by Lauren Wuornos