Danville Area Community College
Liberal Arts Division
2000 E. Main Street
Martin Luther King Memorial Way
Danville, IL 61832
Ryan Stone earned his MFA from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. He has taught writing and literature for Missouri State University - West Plains, Drury University, St. Louis Community College, The University of Missouri - St. Louis, and Lewis and Clark Community College. His fiction has appeared widely in literary journals including The South Carolina Review, The Madison Review, Natural Bridge, Whiskey Island Magazine, Wisconsin Review, and the anthologies Under the Arch: St. Louis Stories and The 2009 Press 53 Open Awards Anthology. His first collection of stories is Best Road Yet (Press 53). He serves as a Co-Coordinator for the College Student Literary Magazine Conference, a Vice President in the AWP Two-Year College Caucus, and an editor for the new two-year college digest (title forthcoming). He also reviews books for American Book Review and teaches writing and literature for Danville Area Community College.
Ryan is a member of the following organizations:
AWP Two-Year College Caucus
Best Road Yet Tour Ends on High Note
Thank you to everyone who made the last swing of the Best Road Tour a raging success. Special thanks to Wayne Miller, Dr. Jeremy Reed, Dr. Joe Geist and Tom Yancy, Michael Nye, Amy Stepenson and the staff at Get Lost Bookshop, Victoria Brockmeier, Jennifer Denrow, and all the students, faculty, and community members who came out to support literature! I'll see you all on the next go around with book number two.
AWP Events Upcoming
I'm excited to be included in the AWP Two-Year College Caucus Off-Site reading event at AWP this year! The conference has sold out for the first time in its history, so this is an exciting time for the caucus. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at AWP.
A heartfelt thank you to ArtUpClose and everyone involved with that organization in Cissna Park, IL. You are all doing wonderful things, and I could not have been happier with my experience. All the best and keep up the great work!
I will be reading, signing, selling, and discussing Best Road Yet in the Fireplace Room at the Creekside Prairie in Cissna Park, IL on January 22. The event will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. I will be reading at approximately 4:40. For more information on the event, contact Art UpClose at firstname.lastname@example.org or text your reservation information to
Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students (ages 5-17). Children 0-4 are free. Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets early!
AWP has accepted our panel titled "Wading the Raging Waters." Participants include Mary Troy (University of Missouri - St. Louis), Lex Williford (University of Texas - El Paso), Kris Bigalk (Normandale Community College), and Michael Kardos (Mississippi State University), and
To Linda Mitchell and everyone at the Hoopeston Public Library for hosting me this past Saturday. I had a great time. Thanks again, and I will see you soon.
New Reviews Released!
Best Road Yet has been reviewed in the most recent issue of Elder Mountain.
New Readings Added
I will be reading at Get Lost Books in Columbia, Missouri on April 10, 2012 and at the University of Central Missouri on April 11, 2012. Other reading events are in the works. Stay tuned!
"Tying Up the Replacement" nominated for Pushcart
My story, "Tying Up the Replacement" has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The Lindenwood Review. I am honored by this nomination.
Best Road Yet Reviewed on NewPages
Read the review here.
The Lindenwood Review has accepted my story "Tying Up the Replacement" for its inaugural issue. I'm elated that this story, which is in my new collection, has found such a professional, classy, and wonderful home.
I will be attending the College English Association's national conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. I'll be presenting on using the creative writing workshop model in the composition classroom.
Adam Scott of Heartland Community College and I will be presenting at the 2011 English Articulation Conference at Allerton on Wednesday, April 20 at 9:00 a.m. Our presentation is titled: “Creative Writing Programs at the Two-YearCollege: How Creative Writing Benefits Our Students, the College, and the Community,”
March 17 - Lindenwood University, Guest Lecture.
I will be presenting, reading, and discussing the new book at Lindenwood University on March 17. This event is closed to the public.
Weather Stalls AWP Attendance!
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend AWP this year due to the snow storm that slowed the Midwest to a standstill. I look forward to next year's conference in Chicago.
Licking and Missouri State - West Plains events a rousing success!
Thank you to everyone who came out for the reading events in Licking and West Plains. It was good to see so many old friends, people I hadn't spoken to in years.
Keep in touch and may each new road be the best yet.
Best Road Yet garners net attention!
UW-Oshkosh Reading a Hit!
The reading at UW-Oshkosh was wonderful. Special thanks to Stephen McCade for setting it up and taking care of the logistics.
The Best Road Tour rolls on tonight with a stop in Bloomington, IL at Heartland Community College.
IMPORTANT NOTE: As a general policy, I do not "friend" students on Facebook.