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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 a Pushcart nomination, fellowships and grants from the Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony, the Edward Albee Foundation, the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, Hinge Springboard for the Arts, and the Dickinson House (Belgium). She is the 2017 James Jones First Novel Fellow, a McKnight Fellow, and recipient of a Minnesota Emerging Writers' grant, multiple Minnesota State Arts Board Artist's Initiative grants, and scholarships to the Sewanee and BreadLoaf Writers' Conferences. She is a 2019 Alumni Fiction Fellow at Bennington College.

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

She is represented by Dorian Karchmar of William Morris Endeavors.