Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Ryan Van Meter

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: California
MacDowell fellowships: Summer 2009

I'm a writer currently living in San Francisco, California. Originally from Missouri, I lived in Chicago, Illinois and Iowa during graduate school before moving to the West Coast where I teach creative writing at the University of San Francisco. My essay collection If You Knew Then What I Know Now was published in 2011 by Sarabande Books, and my work has also appeared in journals and anthologies including The Best American Essays.



Ryan Van Meter worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the residency program's studios, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the we began welcoming…

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