Aidan Ryan has published travel writing and arts criticism with CNN, The Skinny, and The Buffalo News; creative nonfiction in Traffic East; and feature-interviews in The White Review and Rain Taxi. His poems and stories have appeared or are forthcoming The Xavier Review, Slipstream, Ghost City Review, The Honest Ulsterman, and Peach Mag. He is the author of the visual poetry collection Organizing Isolation: Half-Lives of Love at Long Distance (Linoleum Press, 2017) and the short literary history Hearers and Hearteners: The First Sixteen Years of the Hassett Family Reading (Canisius College Press, 2019), served as managing editor of the anthology My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry (BlazeVOX books, 2017), and is co-editing a Buffalo anthology forthcoming from Dostoyevsky Wannabe in 2019. In 2017, he was the winner of the Just Buffalo Members Content Judge’s Prize, selected by poet and fiction writer Janet McNally; his winning poem, “At the funeral of an atheist I didn’t know,” later appeared in The Public.
A North Buffalo native who has lived periodically in Dortmund, Germany, Aidan earned his B.A. at Canisius College, studied at the W. B. Yeats International Summer School in Sligo, Ireland, and earned his MSc in United States Literature at the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland.
Aidan has taught English literature and creative writing as a junior high instructor, as an adjunct professor at Canisius College, and as a Teaching Artist at the Just Buffalo Writing Center. He is also involved with the board of Buffalo’s Irish Classical Theatre Company.