Ryan Boudinot, Founder
Ryan is a novelist and editor. Based in Seattle, he works out of the University of Washington’s CoMotion Labs VR/AR incubator and innovation center.
In 1998, Ryan started working for Amazon, when the company sold only books. This led to a career in technology, including stints as a writer and editor at Expedia, Netflix, Drugstore.com, and Microsoft. He’s also taught creative writing in a Master of Fine Arts program, sold books in used bookstores, and edited books as a freelance editor.
Ryan is the author of two novels and two collections of stories. His novel Blueprints of the Afterlife (Grove Atlantic/Black Cat, 2012) was nominated for the Philip K Dick Award and has been published in translation in Spain and the Czech Republic. He published The Octopus Rises (2015) with Fantagraphics Books, collaborating with the comic book publisher’s art department on the unique design and typography. His debut collection The Littlest Hitler (Counterpoint, 2006) was a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year. Misconception (Grove Atlantic/Black Cat, 2009), a novel, was shortlisted for the PEN USA Literary Award. He edited Seattle, City of Literature (Sasquatch Books, 2015), an anthology featuring essays by over 30 Seattle writers.
Ryan’s writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Guardian, Salon, Seattle Metropolitan, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Stranger, Opium, Torpedo, The Lifted Brow, Post Road, and other journals and anthologies.
Born in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, Ryan grew up in Skagit Valley, went to college at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, and got an MFA in Creative Writing at Bennington College.
Amanda Knox, Chief Empath
Amanda Knox is an exoneree, criminal justice advocate, and writer. After spending nearly four years in prison and eight years on trial for a murder she didn’t commit, she wrote a memoir, Waiting to Be Heard (HarperCollins, April 2013). Her journalism has been published in USA Today, the Seattle Times, and Seattle Magazine. Amanda is currently working to spread awareness of wrongful conviction issues through VR, TV, and print media. She also writes a weekly column for the West Seattle Herald. She lives in Seattle with her partner, Chris Robinson.
Chris Robinson, Philosopher At-Large
Chris Robinson is a novelist and poet. He is the co-author, with Gavin Kovite, of War of the Encyclopaedists (Scribner, 2015) which received glowing reviews in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Esquire. His work has appeared in such publications as Salon.com, New England Review, the Kenyon Review, and McSweeney’s online. He has written about virtual reality and artificial intelligence for Bright Ideas Magazine. He is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, and Bread Loaf. Chris has an MA in poetry from Boston University and an MFA from Hunter College. He lives in Seattle with his partner, Amanda Knox.