Ryan Boudinot is a writer who is using virtual reality, immersive audio, animation, and other emerging technologies to develop new ways to tell stories. He is currently developing an animated TV series, Steam Wandz, the story of Snohomish County’s #2-ranked, all-male bikini espresso stand.
Ryan is the author of two novels, two collections of stories, and a book of essays. His novel Blueprints of the Afterlife (Grove Atlantic/Black Cat, 2012) was nominated for the Philip K Dick Award. 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. His novel Misconception (Grove Atlantic/Black Cat, 2009) 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. He collected his essays on emerging media technologies and creative economies in The Shape of Reality to Come (Alephactory Press) in 2018.
Ryan worked as a reporter for his hometown weekly newspaper, The Skagit Argus, before he was old enough to drive. A former ice cream man, he’s also taught creative writing in a Master of Fine Arts program, sold books in used bookstores, washed dishes in a restaurant owned by Kurt Vonnegut’s cousin, and edited books as a freelance editor. In 1998, Ryan started working for Amazon, when the company sold only books. This led to two decades working for dotcoms, startups, and big tech companies, including stints as a writer and editor at Expedia, Netflix, Drugstore.com, Microsoft, and a second spin through Amazon as a DVD Editor.
In 2013, Ryan founded Seattle City of Literature, a nonprofit organization that successfully lobbied for Seattle’s inclusion in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in 2017. In 2016, he started consulting for Immersion Networks, a Redmond R&D lab developing immersive audio technology.
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. He lives in Seattle where he practices anusara yoga and drinks coffee.