Ryan studied philosophy, history, literature, and education at Indiana University of South Bend, and earned an MA in Literature from The University of Maine. As a karmic consequence of being an intractable rascal as a young man, he now teaches other young rascals English literature at Bangor High School. He lives in Orono with his two dogs, wife, and an array of books, comic books, and vinyl records scattered about the house. He enjoys hiking, martial arts, philosophy, and cooking. Besides Eastern philosophy, he has a penchant for Marxism (Groucho, not Karl).