Ryan McIlvain


(813) 257-3634




401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

Building Location

PH 437

Meet Ryan McIlvain

Assistant Professor, English and Writing


2007 Brigham Young University, B.A.
2009 Rutgers University, Newark, MFA
2011 Standford University, Stegner Fellowship in Fiction
2017 University of Southern California, Ph.D.


Courses Taught: Finding Your Voice: A Multi-genre Introduction to Creative Writing
Introductory Short Fiction
Advanced Short Fiction
True Stories: Creative Nonfiction
Writing and Reasoning
Sherlock and Co: Writing about Stories of Detection
Silver Spoons: Writing about Stories of Privilege and Class

Career Specialties: Ryan McIlvain specializes in contemporary and 20th-century Anglo-American fiction, the novel and short story, and the essay.

Professional and Community Activities: McIlvain has written extensively about faith and doubt, politics and zeal, in short stories, essays and a pair of novels. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Rumpus, Post Road, The Los Angeles Review of Books and many other places. His first novel, Elders, appeared in 2013. His second novel, The Radicals, is due out in early 2018.

Honors and Awards: Elders was longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize in 2014.
McIlvain's work has also received honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading.
From 2011–2013, he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University.