RYAN ASMUSSEN is a writer and educator who works as a Visiting Lecturer in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and writes for the Chicago Review of Books. He has published criticism in The Review Review and the film journal Kabinet, journalism in Bostonia and other Boston University publications, and fiction in the Harvard Summer Review. His poetry has been published in The Newport Review, The Broad River Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Compass Rose, and Mandala Journal. Having earned a Bachelor of Liberal Science degree (summa cum laude) and Master’s in Teaching (English) degree from Boston University, he is now pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts (creative writing and literature) degree from Harvard Extension School. In his spare time, he volunteers as a proofreader at Johnson's Dictionary Online (https://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com). His Twitter handle is @RyanAsmussen.