Ryan was born and raised in Cleveland (GO CAVS!), where he earned humanities degrees from John Carroll University and Ohio University. He has a strong affinity for words and feels genuine delight when the right ones are found. For the last ten years, he has worked in dozens of editing, tutoring, and instructing roles at five different colleges. He has also worked extensively as an editor for various literary journals, such as Narrative Magazine, New Ohio Review, and Fiction International. After moving to California in 2011, he attended San Diego State University and added an MFA in Creative Writing to his stack of diplomas.
Ryan's poems, short stories, and articles have been published in dozens of online and print journals, which can be found at www.ryanfranciskelly.com. He's currently working on a horror/thriller novel in his spare time and trying to write darkly humorous poems (the best kind). He still embraces his nerdy youth by playing chess, Scrabble, Magic: The Gathering, and other strategy games.
Ryan says, “I have applied to college three times, so I know how stressful, overwhelming, and cryptic it can seem. It's fun for me to elucidate the essay writing process for my students, because I get to help them tell personal stories in their own unique voices. Although daunting at first, it's truly possible to crack the admissions code and find your magic formula. And if done correctly, it should actually be fun! I know it sounds crazy, but I’m here to convince you otherwise.”