Biography

Ryan Van Winkle is currently Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries following a successful and extended 3-year run as the Scottish Poetry Library’s first-ever Reader in Residence. He remains the host of the SPL’s weekly poetry podcast and continues to encourage the reading of poetry. Some say ‘by any means necessary’.  Ryan has hosted thousands of joyus poetry events and thrown many fantastic parties (sometimes involving paint). He has read poems to audiences all over the world including at The Melbourne Writer’s Festival, The Edinburgh International Book Festival, Shakespeare and Company (Paris) and Tacheles (Berlin). His critically praised first collection, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, was published by Salt in 2010 and won the prestigious Crashaw Prize. His poems have appeared in New Writing Scotland, The American Poetry Review, AGNI, Poetry New Zealand and The Oxford Poets series. Eyewear magazine wrote  ‘Van Winkle’s poems are not static portraits of men and women framed in windows or doorways, but poems with characters that move within their environments and which, with their histories, move the reader.’ While The Glasgow Review said: ‘this collection seems to be at the forefront of a shift to something new, it is on the way to a perfection of some new movement.’

Ryan was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2012.

Ryan is also the co-creator of The Multi-Coloured Culture Laser podcast as well as the host of The Scottish Book Trust’s Bookmarked podcast and co-host of The Scottish Poetry Library’s Podcast.

Tutor and Workshop Leader

Ryan has been a workshop leader and tutor since 1999. In that time he’s worked with dozens of writers helping to develop and encourage their work. Most recently Ryan has been working both on-line and in person for The Poetry School in London. He has also been a creative writing tutor at the SUISS Summer School at Edinburgh University. He also spends time in schools, care homes and other places where poetry workshops are needed and tailors workshops for most any age group. Sometimes workshops involve talking, sometimes they involve scissors and glue. He is available for hire for workshops and readings via The Scottish Book Trust’s Live Literature Programme. Go here for more details on sessions and performances which could be delivered and how to apply for funding.

Also, he will read your poems and talk about them with you over coffee. Contact Ryan for personal tutoring rates.

Project Leader

In addition to being a co-founder and editor atForest Publications, Ryan has been an active project leader since 2000. While working at The Forest, Ryan has organized book launches, literature walks, film screenings, theatre events, art exhibitions, translation workshops, Golden Hour Tours and massive parties involving lots of paint. The Golden Hour has been a popular literary cabaret since 2006 and has travelled the world visiting Amsterdam, Paris, Beirut and Toronto. The Golden Hour has spawned two anthologies of contemporary writing and music and led to the publication of dozens of beautiful chapbooks. The Golden Hour is available for festivals and other events. Forest Publications has also created two other anthologies — one of Stolen Stories and one of illustration. Contact Ryan if you wish to get involved or want to see The Golden Hour in your town. And have a look at The Forest web-site to learn more about this amazing collective. <www.theforest.org.uk>

Ryan is also the Literary Co-Ordinator for Reel Festivals which recently visited to Syria and Lebanon to work with Arabic poets. Ryan was responsible for producing a bi-lingual book, working on new translations, and organizing events in Beirut, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Reel Festivals was funded by the British Council and Creative Scotland. Books, film and audio can be found here.

Other Things

Ryan does a weekly podcast for the Scottish Poetry Library and has made two spoken word albums. Everything is produced with friends and are free to download. Please enjoy them by visiting my audio page.

If you are interested in audio / visual collaborations, interviews, or anything like that, don’t hesitate to get in touch.