Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson earned a B.A. in English from The University of Georgia in 2004, an M.F.A. in Poetry from The Johns Hopkins University in 2007, and a second Master’s degree from Boston University in 2008. Since arriving at The Catholic University of America in 2010, he has published more than seventy original poems, translations, and critical essays in periodicals such as First ThingsFive PointsThe Hopkins ReviewThe New CriterionThe Sewanee Review, and The Yale Review. His work has been recognized with a number of awards and prizes, and his first volume of poems, The Stranger World, which was awarded the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, was published by Measure Press in June of 2017. His current book project is a study of Robert Penn Warren’s poetry, focusing on the influences of T.S. Eliot and Dante upon Warren’s work. 


Wilson serves as the office manager for the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, an international non-profit organization that promotes the study of literature in both scholarly and creative environments. He is also the editor of Literary Matters, the online literary journal of the ALSCW: during his tenure as editor the journal has published winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize, the MacArthur “Genius” Award, and many other premier national literary prizes.  


Recipient of the CUA English Department’s Excellence in Teaching Award for 2015, Wilson teaches courses primarily concerned with poetry and American Literature, specifically American Modernism.

Prize anthology mentions

Best American Poetry 2018

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