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About Ryan W. Bradley

Ryan W. Bradley has fronted a punk band, done construction in the Arctic Circle, managed an independent children's bookstore, and now designs book covers. He is the author of several books of poetry and fiction, including the novel, CODE FOR FAILURE (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2013). He received his MFA from Pacific University and lives in Oregon with his wife and two sons.


  1. Tom Matlack says:

    Ryan thank you for this heart breaking piece. I too suffered from acute depression in my teenage years and on and off since. You do us all a great and courageous service by taking us inside what you were feeling and what actually happened to you.

    • Tom, I’m glad you found it a worthy piece. It was (still is) nerve wracking to share this first piece of the memoir, but your comment is exactly why I pushed myself to start writing it in the first place. Thank you.

  2. Bradley Bates says:

    Hi Ryan it’s b bates and I’m in awe of the writing and not fully understanding your situation. I am very touched by how and what you’ve said. You have a gift but that’s not to say it comes easy or the situations. I hope you are doing so much better now. Your friend bud…

    • Hey Brad, thanks for reading, I’m glad you enjoyed the piece. Every day is an adventure in life, it’s all about finding what that point B is going to be in life and we never know until we get there! :)

  3. Gail Kretchmer says:

    Aw Ryan, what a story. I experienced a similar thing from the other side…with a son barricading himself in his room and the police ultimately hauling him out in handcuffs to save him from himself. Your way of writing this is so raw and clean and pure and, well, lovely.

    • Hi Gail! Thanks for reading. I think the hardest thing for me at the time and still to this day is realizing how it impacts so many people, people you don’t even realize it will impact. At the initial moment you don’t recognize that, but afterward it is a deeply profound experience to be hit with.

  4. Ryan, I didn’t even know I’d been missing your crisp, raw storytelling. This is good stuff and I’ll look forward to the memoir.
    And I love this: “Girls were the end of the world back then.” So perfect.
    Glad to see how you can translate such darkness to art.

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