The Catholic University of America
English Faculty

Ryan Wilson - Adjunct Professor / Journal Editor: Literary Matters


Ryan Wilson earned a B.A. in English from The University of Georgia in 2004, an M.F.A. in Poetry from The Johns Hopkins University in 2007, and a second Master’s degree from Boston University in 2008. Since arriving at The Catholic University of America in 2010, he has published more than seventy original poems, translations, and critical essays in periodicals such as First Things, Five Points, The Hopkins Review, The New Criterion, The Sewanee Review, and The Yale Review. His work has been recognized with a number of awards and prizes, and his first volume of poems, The Stranger World, which was awarded the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, was published by Measure Press in June of 2017. His current book project is a study of Robert Penn Warren’s poetry, focusing on the influences of T.S. Eliot and Dante upon Warren’s work.


Wilson serves as the office manager for the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, an international non-profit organization that promotes the study of literature in both scholarly and creative environments. He is also the editor of Literary Matters, the online literary journal of the ALSCW: during his tenure as editor the journal has published winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize, the MacArthur “Genius” Award, and many other premier national literary prizes.  


Recipient of the CUA English Department’s Excellence in Teaching Award for 2015, Wilson teaches courses primarily concerned with poetry and American Literature, specifically American Modernism.



Selected Publications
“The Polyvocal Poet: Tradition, Translation, and the True Original.” Birmingham Poetry
Review. (forthcoming).

“Eliot’s Magic.” The Hopkins Review 10.1. (Winter 2017).46-66. Print.

“Warren, Eliot, Dante, and the Promises of Tradition.” The Sewanee Review CXXIV.1. (Winter
2016). 136-148. Print.

“Classic Ransom.” The Hopkins Review 9.1. (Winter 2016). 6-27. Print.

“How to Think Like a Poet.” Dappled Things 10.2 (Easter 2015). 45-65. Print.

“ ‘Rich Refusals’: Donald Justice and the New Critics.” The Sewanee Review CXXIII. 1.
(Winter 2015). 147-158. Print.


The Stranger World. Measure Press, June 2017.

Selected Presentations

“Translation, Tradition, and Polyvocal Poetry.” The West Chester University Poetry Conference. June 2017.

Co-Chair (with Joan Romano Shifflett) of the Seminar, “Robert Penn Warren and Time”; ALSCW Conference, Washington, D.C. October 2016.

“ ‘All Is Repetition’: Dante, Robert Penn Warren, and History” for Robert Penn Warren and History, South Atlantic MLA conference, Atlanta, Ga, Nov. 2014.

“ ‘This is the world’: Ritual and Redemption in Warren’s Promises”; The Robert Penn Warren Circle, Guthrie, KY, April 2013.

“ ‘Rich Refusals’: Donald Justice and the New Critics” for The New Criticism and Creative Practice; American Literary Scholars, Writers, and Critics, Athens, GA, April 2013.



Ryan Wilson is also the Office Administrator and CFO for the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, an international literary non-profit organization that promotes the study of literature in both scholarly and creative environments. Those interested in the ALSCW can find more information at



The Donald Justice Poetry Prize (2017)

The Jacques Maritain Prize for Non-Fiction (Dappled Things, 2016)

The Walter Sullivan Prize for Promise in Criticism (Sewanee Review, 2015)

Excellence in Teaching (CUA English Dept., 2015)

The Eleanor Clark Award (Robert Penn Warren Circle, 2013)


Office: 233 Marist Annex 
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-5650




  • ENG 201 – Form and Value in Poetry
  • ENG  236 – American Literature II
  • ENG 302 – Creative Writing: Poetry 
  • ENG 397 – Modern American Poetry
  • ENG 235: Survey of American Literature I


M.F.A.: Boston University 2008 

M.F.A.: Johns Hopkins University 2007

B.A.: The University of Georgia, 2004               


Areas of Expertise

  • Creative Writing
  • Contemporary American Poetry
  • Modernism
  • Southern Literature