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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ryan Stone  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1977 in Licking, Missouri

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Illinois Connection

Ryan lives in Danville, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ryan Stone earned his MFA from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. He has taught writing and literature for Missouri State University - West Plains, Drury University, St. Louis Community College, The University of Missouri - St. Louis, and Lewis and Clark Community College. His fiction has appeared widely in literary journals including The South Carolina Review, The Madison Review, Natural Bridge, Whiskey Island Magazine, Wisconsin Review, and the anthologies Under the Arch: St. Louis Stories and The 2009 Press 53 Open Awards Anthology. His first collection of stories is Best Road Yet (Press 53). He serves as a Co-Coordinator for the College Student Literary Magazine Conference, a Vice President in the AWP Two-Year College Caucus, and an editor for the new two-year college digest (title forthcoming). He also reviews books for American Book Review and teaches writing and literature for Danville Area Community College.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Best Road Yet
ISBN: 1935708082

Press 53. 2010

John McNally, author of After the Workshop, says of Best Road Yet, "Ryan Stone understands the yearnings of people down on their luck, those longings and desires that his characters keep to themselves or tell few people, and he captures their struggles and hopes in prose that's as incandescent as a floodlight on a dark night. These are compelling and compassionate and heartbreaking stories. I urge you to stop what you're doing and read them." And Mary Troy, author of Beauties, says, "Ryan Stone gives us a fast-paced tour of the hearts and minds of men who do not belong in their own lives, and who, though they know it, remain surprised by that knowledge. Best Road Yet is a masterful collection not only for its vivid and real characters, but also for the possibilities woven through each story that cause us to hope-as the characters' decisions and lack of decisions lead them along-each new road will be the best one yet."

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Ryan does appearances and readings. Please contact him at mailto