Margaret Ryan's poetry has appeared in The Nation, Poetry magazine, The American Scholar, The Paris Review, The Kansas Quarterly, Rattapallax, BigCityLit.com, 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.