R. M. Ryan, 1945-

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R. M.  Ryan

R. M. Ryan (born 1945 in Wisconsin) is the author of Vaudeville in the Dark, (2010) which was lauded by the New York Times as having been "written at the juncture of rapture and rupture." He is also the author of an earlier volume of poetry called Goldilocks in Later Life (1980) and a novel called The Golden Rules (2002). R. M. Ryan's latest book is an autobiographical novel called There's A Man With a Gun Over There. It is based on his experiences in the US Army as a detective and translator investigating black marketing in Germany during the Vietnam era. Trained as poet and drafted into the military, Ryan is a kind of innocent abroad as he learns the very high price of essentially becoming a fascist for the American Empire and the remnants of Nazi Germany. Nominated by its publisher for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, There's a Man With a Gun Over There is about what could happen to anyone in the US Army, and a cautionary tale about America's War Machine. For six years, Ryan was the lyricist for the northern California rock-and-roll band The Thugz and wrote many of the songs on their two CDs released by Puffin records"”Goin' To Town (2009) and Peace of Mind (2011). Ryan also founded firestarter press, which publishes eccentric artifacts by writers such as Mark Strand, Tobias Wolff, Fred Chappell, John Koethe, and Abby Frucht. Ryan is married to the biographer Carol Sklenicka, author of Raymond Carver: A Writer's Life. He divides his time between Wisconsin, San Francisco, and the Sonoma Coast of California.

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Jenner; Sebastopol
Significant title:
Vaudeville in the Dark
Fiction; Poetry
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