Ryan Van Winkle was Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries following a successful run as the Scottish Poetry Library’s first-ever Reader in Residence. A practiced podcaster, he presented and produced podcasts for the SPL for seven years, as well as recording podcasts for the Scottish Book Trust. He also presented his own podcast series, Culture Laser.
His poetry / theatre experiment Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel was performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012 and at the Battersea Arts Centre, The Melbourne Fringe, and in the Room for London at the London Literature Festival in 2013.
As a member of Highlight Arts Van Winkle has organized festivals and translation workshops in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq and has co-edited two anthologies: This Room is Waiting: poems from Iraq & Britain (Freight, 2014) and A Change in the Light: poems from Glasgow & Lahore (Sang-e-Meel, 2016). In 2017 and 2018 he has been involved with translation events with Latvian poets, including those writing in the endangered language Livonian. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012, a residency at The Studios of Key West in 2015 and the Jessie Kesson fellowship at Moniack Mhor in 2018.
Van Winkle’s first collection Tomorrow, We Will Live Here (Salt, 2010) won the Crashaw Prize, and his second, The Good Dark, was published by Penned in the Margins and won the 2015 Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year award. His poems have appeared in many magazines, in Carcanet’s 2010 Oxford Anthology of New Poets and in the SPL’s Best Scottish Poems 2015.
In addition to producing podcasts for the SPL, Ryan Van Winkle also runs a series of cultural podcasts, Culture Laser.
From the Library Catalogue