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“Ryan Vine has localized many of the distances our lives traverse; his words lead us back to an unfaced reality. To Ward, the poet’s persona hero, these to-ward directions bear both in- and out-ward, confronting himself with himself. Readers will find their way in these arrivals.” —Bill Knott

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Ryan Vine’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland, Ploughshares, Verse Daily and on National Public Radio. He occasionally reviews poetry for The Minneapolis Star Tribune. His chapbook, Distant Engines (Backwaters Press, 2006), won a Weldon Kees Award and spent time on the Poetry Foundation’s contemporary best-seller list. 

Additional honors include The Greensboro Review’s Robert Watson Poetry Prize, a McKnight/ARAC Career Development Grant, a 2015 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and he has been a finalist or nominee for numerous others: the Pushcart Prize, the Black Warrior Review Poetry Prize, the J. Erskine Poetry Prize from Smartish Pace, the Gold Line Press chapbook prize, the Fool for Poetry International chapbook competition and the May Swenson Poetry Award for a book-length manuscript.

In 2016, his manuscript “To Keep Him Hidden” was a finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize, the Crab Orchard Series, the MVP Prize from New Rivers Press, and—selected by Robert Pinsky—the Dorset Prize. 

Ryan received his M.F.A. from Emerson College, is associate professor of English, a member of the Honors faculty and the Rose Warner Professor at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN.

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