Patrick Ryan is the author of the short story collection The Dream Life of Astronauts (named one of the Best Books of the Year by the St. Louis Times-Dispatch, LitHub, Refinery 29, and Electric Literature, and long-listed for The Story Prize) and Send Me (a finalist for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize). He is also the author of three novels for young adults: Saints of Augustine, In Mike We Trust, and Gemini Bites. His fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Tin House, One Story, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. His nonfiction has been published in Granta, Tales of Two Cities, and other anthologies. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. His first book was chosen for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers series. While at MacDowell, he worked on his sixth book, Buckeye, a novel about an extra-marital affair, an illegitimate child, a psychic medium, and PTSD in American servicemen during and after WWII.
Patrick Ryan worked in the Star studio.
Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…