Ryan Van Winkle

Ryan Van Winkle © Sabina Theijs

Ryan van Winkle (b. 1977 in New Haven, USA) lives in Edinburgh, but originally comes from Connecticut. When he went to Scotland for the first time at the turn of the millennium, he lost his heart to the country and its people and stayed.

Ryan is a bundle of artistic energy. He writes poems, conquers stages with his performances, produces podcasts on art and poetry, interviews writers and artists for magazines and translates poems from the remotest regions of the world. He also works as a literature disseminator, developing offbeat formats for bringing literature to his audiences, as for instance cabaret or temporary room installations or through culinary dishes inspired by poems. For the initiative “Highlight Arts” he organises festivals and translation workshops, including to date in Syria, Pakistan and Iraq.

Ryan is a member of various artists’ collectives and works with musicians and filmmakers. He was the first Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library and, in addition to publishing two volumes of his own poetry, he has edited three anthologies of poems from Scotland and Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. These are available as free e-books. Ryan van Winkle was a guest at the 2014 poesiefestival berlin as one of the poets in the Scottish-German VERSschmuggel / reVERSible translation workshop.


Tomorrow, We'll Live Here, Salt Publications 2010
The Good Dark, Penned in the Margins 2015


Crashaw Prize 2009
Saltire Society’s Poetry Book of the Year Award 2015