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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ryan Van Cleave  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry

Born: 1972 in Neenah, Wisconsin

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Ryan was raised in Chicago, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Ryan lives in Sarasota, FL where he works as a freelance writer, a writing coach, a Liberal Arts department faculty member at The Ringling College of Art & Design, and a digital addiction & recovery consultant.


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Titles At Your Library

Say Hello
ISBN: 1877603724

Pecan Grove Pr. 2001

Book by Ryan G. Van Cleave

Contemporary American Poetry: Behind the Scenes
ISBN: 0321095782

Pearson. 2002

Contemporary American Poetry is an anthology featuring generous poetry selections from highly-respected and up-and-coming writers, chosen and commented upon by the writers themselves. In straightforward, conversational language, each poet provides original commentary that reveals the aesthetic and artistic choices they made in their creation. Along with advice and exercises on the craft of poetry-writing, these master poets provide the "inside scoop" on serious poetic issues such as voice, style, structure, revision, audience, publishing, among other topics, as well as the insight and motivation suitable for aspiring and experienced poets, creative writing teachers, and others who endeavor to place poetry in their lives. The result--a distinctive collection of poems, illuminating commentaries, and exercises that stimulate the imagination--is an unmatched resource for the individual learner. For those interested in contemporary American poetry.

Ha Ha Tonka: A Book of Rune
ISBN: 0963518577

Higganum Hill Books. 2003

"This collection of poetry explores the poet's relationship and generational conflict with his father, the environment in which he matured, and the culture of his youth. The poems center around problems achieving self-definition in the American Midwest and the massive pressures for conformity pressed upon youth by the pop media. The poet rails against his own generation, which he views as failing to respond to the massive changes in the American social morass, except by escapism and avoidance."

Landscape and Dream
ISBN: 0945083106

Louisiana Literature Press. 2004

Imagine the Dawn: The Civil War Sonnets
ISBN: 1932339922

WordTech Communications. 2005

Breathe: 101 Contemporary Odes
ISBN: 098150101X

C&R Press. 2009

Poetry. A testament to the stunning variety of the human experience, this timely anthology reminds us of the singular importance of poetry to our lives and our souls. The influence of Horace, Keats, and Neruda is deeply evident in the lyric beauty of these poems, but more than a few defy conventions and challenge the form itself in an exciting expansion of boundaries. Selected for their language, their imagery, their honesty, and their insight, this gathering of 101 poems by 95 poets is a fresh sampling of memorable new odes in the English language. Contributors include Kim Addonizio, David Baker, Christopher Buckley, Elena Karina Byrne, Kelly Cherry, Carl Dennis, Denise Duhamel, Martin Espada, Richard Jackson, Thomas Lux, Naomi Shihab Nye, Stanley Plumly, William Pitt Root, Pamela Uschuk, Jane Shore, Gerald Stern, Diane Wakoski, Gary Young, and many more.

Unplugged: My Journey into the Dark World of Video Game Addiction
ISBN: 0757313620

HCI. 2010

WARNING: THIS VIDEO GAME MAY IMPAIR YOUR JUDGMENT. IT MAY CAUSE SLEEP DEPRIVATION, ALIENATION OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY, WEIGHT LOSS OR GAIN, NEGLECT OF YOUR BASIC NEEDS AS WELL AS THE NEEDS OF LOVED ONES AND/OR DEPENDENTS, AND DECREASED PERFORMANCE ON THE JOB. THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN FANTASY AND REALITY MAY BECOME BLURRED. PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SUICIDE ATTEMPTS.

No such warning was included on the latest and greatest release from the Warcraft series of massive multiplayer online role-playing games―World of Warcraft (WoW). So when Ryan Van Cleave―a college professor, husband, father, and one of the 11.5 million Warcraft subscribers worldwide―found himself teetering on the edge of the Arlington Memorial Bridge, he had no one to blame but himself. He had neglected his wife and children and had jeopardized his livelihood, all for the rush of living a life of high adventure in a virtual world.

A fabulously written and gripping tale, Unplugged takes you on a journey through the author's semireclusive life with video games at the center of his experiences. Even when he was sexually molested by a young school teacher at age eleven, it was the promise of a new video game that had lured him to her house. As Ryan's life progresses, we witness the evolution of video games―from simple two-button consoles to today's multikey technology, brilliantly designed to keep the user actively participating. For Ryan, the virtual world was a siren-song he couldn't ignore, no matter the cost.

As is the case with most recovering addicts, Ryan eventually hit rock bottom and shares with you his ongoing battle to control his impulses to play, providing prescriptive advice and resources for those caught in the grip of this very real addiction.