Ryan Asmussen (www.ryanasmussen.com) is a writer, educator, and musician who lives and works in suburban Chicago. A teacher of AP English Literature & Composition for the past nine years, he has been a Presenter at The College Board’s AP Conference (“The Problem of ‘Meaning’ in Literature”) as well as a Reader for the AP English Literature & Composition Exam.
Asmussen has written film criticism for Kabinet, and was a writer/editor for Boston University’s Publications (working on, among several other publications, the alumni magazine Bostonia). His poetry has most recently been published in The Broad River Review, Compass Rose, and Mandala Journal. His poem “Everything I Encounter is My Life” was published in Pirene’s Fountain’s “Japan Anthology.” This fall, The Newport Review will publish three of his poems.
His novel THE ENGLISHMAN AND THE BUTTERFLY is available on Amazon KDP.
In addition to his writing and teaching, he plays drums, guitar, and piano, sometimes in semi-professional bands, and studies Zen Buddhism. Asmussen earned his Bachelor of Liberal Studies in English & American Literature and Master of Arts in Teaching in English from Boston University.
Originally from Newburyport, Massachusetts, he now lives and works in the Chicagoland area with wife Jenny, son Declan, and Boston Terrier Moe.