Ryan Scariano

MFA Alumni Bio

Ryan Scariano bio feature

Ryan Scariano is the author of two poetry collections: Not Your Happy Dance (Finishing Line Press) and Smithereens (Imperfect Press). Some of his recent poetry has appeared in The American Journal of Poetry, basalt, Rock & Sling, Phantom Drift, The Oklahoma Review, and SOFTBLOW. He currently serves as an assistant poetry editor for Narrative Magazine. Ryan lives in La Grande, OR and works at Eastern Oregon University, where he directs academic support services and teaches FYE, humanities, and writing courses. Check out more at his website:

Here’s what Ryan had to say about his time at Eastern:

“The MFA at EWU was so important to me, something I absolutely needed in my life, and one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. The student teaching and coursework I completed during my time at EWU opened my eyes to the possibility for a career in higher education and provided me with relevant and transferable experience. I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to come to Spokane and write and learn with amazing faculty and a fun and talented group of peers.”