Ryan is a teacher and poet currently living in New York City. He graduated from Emerson College and has been published in Gravel, Words Apart, and Blueline Literary Magazine among others. Ryan is working as the editor for The Poetry Distillery and is interested in poetry that is firmly grounded in what people or place catalyze.
Lissa Kiernan is the founding director of the Poetry Barn. Her first book of poetry, Two Faint Lines in the Violet (2014) was a finalist for the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award and the Julie Suk Award for Best Poetry Book by an Independent Press. Her first book of prose, Glass Needles & Goose Quills (2017), praised by Nicole Cooley "a brilliant book of serving witness to the environmental catastrophes of our times," is a long-form braided essay. She received an MFA in creative writing at Stonecoast and an MA from The New School. She and her husband Chris herd cats in West Hurley, New York.