Discipline: Literature – fiction

Erin Kate Ryan

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Minneapolis, MN
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

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



Erin Kate Ryan worked in the Wood studio.

Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…

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