Daniel Ryan is a professor and writer who has taught composition, literature, and creative writing courses at Columbia University in the City of New York and Johnson & Wales University, where he currently teaches Advanced Composition & Communication. He graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in English; in 2020, he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (with a concentration in Fiction) from Columbia University in the City of New York, where he also received a Creative Writing Teaching Fellowship. Daniel has received scholarship support from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and his first story was recently published in Electric Literature. He is currently working on a novel and collection of short stories. Daniel has always been interested in storytelling—before earning his master’s degree, he worked in digital marketing, helping clients find innovative ways to share their narrative online—but his true passion is helping students develop the writing skills to clearly communicate their ideas, advocate for what they think and believe in, and share their stories.
Daniel’s college essay was about finally recognizing the heroes in his everyday life—particularly his father, a state prosecutor who advocated for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors for three decades.