Ryan Teitman is a poet at Stanford University
After I graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English, I worked for three years in and around Philadelphia as a newspaper reporter. I owe my first job in journalism to Professor Robin Becker's arts writing seminar. Using clips I wrote for her class, I got my first real writing job--a gig as an arts freelancer for the Centre Daily Times.
While I enjoyed being a reporter, my main interest was always poetry. I had taken just about every creative writing course Penn State had to offer, and after a few years of journalism, I went to Indiana University for graduate school, where I earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and an M.A. in English.
Right now, I'm a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, and my first collection of poems, Litany for the City, will be published by BOA Editions in March 2012. But it was years ago that I began my writing career, as a shy student in Penn State's Intro to Fiction class.
- Ryan Teitman (B.A., 2004)