Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ryan Van Cleave  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry

Born: 1972 in Neenah, Wisconsin

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-- Ryan Van Cleave on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Ryan was raised in Chicago, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Ryan lives in Sarasota, FL where he works as a freelance writer, a writing coach, a Liberal Arts department faculty member at The Ringling College of Art & Design, and a digital addiction & recovery consultant.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Say hello /
ISBN: 1877603724. OCLC Number:

Pecan Grove Press,. San Antonio, Tex. :. 2000.

Contemporary American poetry :
ISBN: 0321095782. OCLC Number:

Longman,. New York :. ©2003.

Features a collection of poetry from some of America's best poets and provides original commentaries and suggested exercises to help the reader explore the meaning behind these poets' works.

Ha Ha Tonka :
ISBN: 0963518577. OCLC Number:

Higganum Hill Books,. Higganum, Conn. :. ©2003.

Landscape & dream :
ISBN: 0945083106. OCLC Number:

Louisiana Literature Press,. Louisiana :. 2004.

Imagine the dawn :
ISBN: 1932339922. OCLC Number:

Turning Point,. Cincinnati, OH :. ©2005.

Breathe :
ISBN: 098150101X. OCLC Number:

C & R Press,. Chattanooga, Tenn. :. ©2009.

Unplugged :
ISBN: 0757313620. OCLC Number:

Health Communications,. Deerfield Beach, FL :. ©2010.

"WARNING: This video game may impair your judgment. It may cause sleep deprivation, alienation of friends and family, weight loss or gain, neglect of one's basic needs as well as the needs of loved ones and/or dependents, and decreased performance on the job. The distinction between fantasy and reality may become blurred. Play at your own risk. Not responsible for suicide attempts, whether failed or successful. No such warning was included on the latest and greatest release from the Warcraft series of massive multiplayer on-line role-playing games (MMORPGs) World of Warcraft (WoW). So when the author, a college professor, husband, father, and one of the 11.5 million Warcraft subscribers worldwide found himself teetering on the edge of the Arlington Memorial Bridge, he had no one to blame but himself. He had neglected his wife and children and had jeopardized his livelihood, all for the rush of living a life of high adventure in a virtual world. Ultimately, he decided to live, but not for the sake of his family or for a newly found love of life: he had to get back home for his evening session of Warcraft. This book takes us on a journey through his semi-reclusive life with video games at the center of his experiences. Even when he was sexually molested by a young school teacher at age eleven, it was the promise of a new video game that lured him to her house. As his life progresses, we witness the evolution of videogames from simple two-button consoles to today's complicated multi-key technology, brilliantly designed to keep the user actively participating. As is the case with most recovering addicts, he eventually hits rock bottom and shares with the reader his ongoing battle to control his impulses to play, providing prescriptive advice and resources for those caught in the grip of this very real addiction"--Page 4 of cover.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact via his website listed above.