Ryan Wilson was born in Griffin, Georgia, and raised in nearby Macon. His work appears widely, in periodicals such as First Things, Five Points, the Hopkins Review, the New Criterion, the Sewanee Review, and the Yale Review. His first book, The Stranger World, was awarded the 2017 Donald Justice Poetry Prize and was published in hardcover by Measure Press in June of 2017. Awarded the 2015 Walter Sullivan Prize by the Sewanee Review and the 2016 Jacques Maritain Prize, he is currently a doctoral candidate at The Catholic University of America and the editor of Literary Matters. He lives with his wife in Baltimore.