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Ryan Bloom was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He teaches creative writing, literature, and composition at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, New England Review, Tin House, Guernica, PEN America, Salon, Vice, Black Clock, Creative Nonfiction, Catapult Books, The American Prospect, and a variety of other publications. In 2014, he was awarded the Eli Cantor Fellowship by The Corporation of Yaddo, an artists' retreat in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
In addition to short-form work, Ryan has published a full-length translation of Albert Camus' Notebooks 1951 - 1959, which was shortlisted for The French-American Foundation and The Florence Gould Foundation's Excellence in Translation Award, as well as a full-length translation of Camus' The First Man: The Graphic Novel.