photo1Ryan Patrick Smith received his BA in English from Transylvania University and MFA in poetry from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. His poetry was runner-up in the 2015 Boston Review Poetry Contest and semi-finalist in the 2015 92Y “Discovery” Poetry Contest, and his chapbook manuscript, The Death Metal Pastorals, was a finalist in the DIAGRAM chapbook contest from New Michigan Press and Black River chapbook contest from Black Lawrence Press. His poems appear in the Kenyon Review, DIAGRAM, Boston Review, and Salt Hill, among others. Currently, Ryan lives with his partner and a dog named Hudson in St. Louis, where he reads poetry submissions for Boulevard teaches in the MFA program at Lindenwood University.