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Margaret Ryan's poetry has appeared in The Nation, Poetry magazine, The American Scholar, The Paris Review, The Kansas Quarterly, Rattapallax,, and many other magazines and anthologies, including The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. Ms. Ryan received two grants for poetry from The New York Foundation for the Arts and has written several books. These include Filling out a Life (poetry, Front Street Publishers, 1982), and a chapbook, Black Raspberries (poetry, Parsonage Press, 1987). Her non-fiction books include Figure Skating, (Franklin Watts, 1987), and How to Write a Poem, (Watts, 1996), and Extraordinary Oral Presentations and Extraordinary Poetry Writing , both published by Scholastic in 2006. For many years, Ms. Ryan made her living as a freelance speechwriter for corporate executives in the technology sector, but recently retired from her second career as a floral designer. She taught poetry in the 60+ program at Manhattan's 92nd St. Y.

A native of central New Jersey, Ms. Ryan received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.A. from Syracuse University, and was a student in the Columbia University English doctoral program. She lives in New York City and Old Chatham, NY.