Aidan M. Ryan is an author, editor, publisher, and consultant based in Buffalo, New York.
Aidan’s extensive nonfiction credits include travel writing, arts criticism, memoir, profiles, and narrative journalism in outlets including CNN, The Skinny, Traffic East, and The White Review. He has produced book-length essays and longer works of arts criticism and cultural history commissed by institutions including The Burchfield Penney Art Center and Canisius College.
Aidan has also published poetry and fiction in journals including The Xavier Review and Slipstream. His work was anthologized in Best New Poets 2019, edited by Cate Marvin, and he won the 2017 Just Buffalo Members Competition Prize, judged by Janet McNally. He is the author of the visual poetry collection Organizing Isolation: Half-Lives of Love at Long Distance (Linoleum Press, 2017).
Editing and publishing
Aidan is a co-founder and publisher of Foundlings Press, a literary publishing partnership based in Buffalo, New York. At Foundlings, Aidan joined Max Crinnin as co-editor of Constant Stranger: After Frank Stanford (2018), a seminal anthology celebrated as a groundbreaking contribution to the study and discussion of Frank Stanford’s poetry. Aidan also concieved of and served as managing editor for the anthology My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry (BlazeVOX books, 2017), and is currently co-editing a Buffalo-focused anthology with Matthew Bookin forthcoming from Dostoyevsky Wannabe in 2019.
Outside of his writing and publishing, Aidan has acted as a consultant to corporations, nonprofits, municipal entities, and individual, focusing on crisis leadership, issues management, and litigation communications. He has published on business-world crisis management and geopolitical issues in outlets including Corporate Counsel, Law360, and PRSA’s PRSay, and he is frequently quoted on business and political topics in publications such as The American Lawyer.
Aidan was born and raised in North Buffalo. He 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 a member of the Board of Trustees of Buffalo’s Irish Classical Theatre Company.