Leaning against Erin Kate Ryan's basement wall are degrees from Boston University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude) and the Bennington Writing Seminars (M.F.A., fiction), both of which bear her name. Her fiction has been published in hundreds of real and imaginary journals, such as Glimmer Train, Conjunctions, and The Normal School (see Writing, above). Her fiction has further been honored with fellowships and grants from the Millay Colony, the Edward Albee Foundation, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, and the Dickinson House (Belgium). She is a 2017 McKnight Fellow, and the recipient of a 2017 Minnesota Emerging Writers' grant, a 2016 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist's Initiative grant, and scholarships to the Sewanee and BreadLoaf Writers' Conferences.

At the moment, Erin Kate is perched in Minneapolis, Minnesota.