Current Writing Fellow 2020-2021 – Dawn Ryan
The winning story:
THE CATS by Dawn Ryan of Brooklyn, NY
Dawn Ryan is a writer and middle school teacher. She received her MFA from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ under the tutelage of Jayne Anne Phillips, Tayari Jones, and Alice Elliott Dark. Her first publication was a surprise to her. Maxim Jakubowski discovered one of her stories online and included it in his anthology Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica. Her stories have also appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Cagibi, American Short Fiction, and Gargoyle Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn with her wife and daughter who are the inspiration for her current novel-in-progress The Never Forget Machine: a dark and campy adventure set in a Siberian Gulag circa 1943. She is humbled by the many opportunities afforded to her through the Pen Parentis Fellowship, and she is grateful to be among this community of writers during our perplexing and precarious moment in time.