Ryan was raised in Turnersville, New Jersey.
- Ph.D., English/Creative Nonfiction, University of North Texas, 2015
- M.A., Writing Arts, Rowan University, 2007
- B.A., Philosophy, Stockton University, 2005
Awards and Honors
- Rhetoric Program Award for Excellence in Writing Instruction, 2019
- Rhetoric Program Award for Excellence in Writing Instruction, 2016
- Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction, 2011
- "Character Invention in The Importance of Being Earnest and The Playboy of the Western World." The Wildean: A Journal of Oscar Wilde Studies. No. 45. (2014): 94-102.
- "Where Are You?" Image. Seattle, WA: Image Journal, 2015. Issue 85.
- "Begging the Question." DIAGRAM. Tucson, AZ: New Michigan Press, 2015. Issue 15.1.
- "Wolf Man, part II." CutBank. Missoula, MT: University of Montana, 2011. Issue 75.