Curriculum Vitae
RYAN SHOEMAKER
SHOEMAKERRYAN@GMAIL.COM • WWW.RYANSHOEMAKER.NET

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing, University of Southern California 2014
Critical Dissertation: Blue Collar, White Collar: Raymond Carver’s and John Cheever’s Versions of the American (Anti) Pastoral
Creative Dissertation: Beyond the Lights: Stories
Dissertation Committee: T.C. Boyle, Aimee Bender, William Handley, Anthony Kemp, and Bill Deverell
M.A with emphasis in Creative Writing, Brigham Young University—Provo 2006
Thesis advised by Douglas Thayer, Bruce Jorgensen, and John Bennion
12 graduate credits in Creative Writing and Literature, University of Arizona 2004-2005
Studied with Robert Houston and Annette Kolodny
B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature, Brigham Young University—Provo 2001

PUBLICATIONS

NONFICTION

Essays
“Mormon Boys in Cars,” Word Riot, October, 2014

FICTION

Books
Beyond the Lights: Stories (in progress)

Anthologies
“Beyond the Lights,” The Revenge of the Scammed Anthology, Bartleby Snopes Press, March 2013
“After All the Fun We Had,” in All These Little Worlds, The Fiction Desk (UK), Volume Two, Fall 2011
“Ask Them if They’re Having Fun,” in The Loudest Voice, Volume One, 2010

Literary Journals
“The Righteous Road,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Forthcoming)
“A Stay-at-Home Dad Documents His Sex Life on a Fitbit—Here’s What Happened,” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, October 2015
“I Reject Your Rejection,” The Monarch Review, May 2014
“Lost in Furniture Land,” Juked, March 2014
“A Letter to Daniel Larusso, the Karate Kid,” Booth, January 2014
“The Righteous Road,” Silk Road Review, Summer/Fall 2013
“Parley Young: One Mormon Life,” Gulf Stream, Fall 2013
“The New Masculinity,” Kugelmass: A Journal of Literary Humor, Fall 2013
“Lockdown,” Blue Lake Review, August 2013
“Brigham Kimball: Mormon Missionary Extraordinaire,” Monkeybicycle, July 2013
“Lockdown,” Punchnel’s, April 2013
“This Same Darkness,” Concho River Review, Fall 2012
“Gorilla Warfare,” Conium Review, Summer 2012
“After All the Fun We Had,” Hawai’i Review, Spring 2012
“Our Students,” Weber: The Contemporary West, Spring/Summer 2012
“Beyond the Lights,” Santa Monica Review, Spring 2011
“The Crossing,” Grist: The Journal for Writers, Spring 2011
“Richard Golightly: A Novel,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Spring 2011
“Bing,” Irreantum, Fall 2010
“Great Heights,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Fall 2008
“Water and Meditation,” The MacGuffin, Spring/Summer 2004, Vol. XXI Nos. 1 & 2 2004
“Pigeons,” Salt Lake City Weekly, May 2001

AWARDS & HONORS

2015
Finalist, Association of Mormon Letters Award for Short Story, “The Righteous Road”

2014
Summer Research & Writing Award ($5,000), University of Southern California

2013
Judge, Edward W. Moses Undergraduate Creative Writing Competition, University of Southern California

2011
Pushcart nomination, Grist: The Journal for Writers
Honorable mention, Irreantum Fiction Contest
Honorable mention, Edward W. Moses Graduate Creative Writing Competitions, Department of English, University of Southern California
New Voices Award, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought
College Graduate Merit Award ($20,000), Department of English, University of Southern California
Departmental Travel Award, Department of English, University of Southern California

2010
Pushcart nomination, Irreantum
First place, Irreantum Fiction Contest
Second place, Edward W. Moses Graduate Creative Writing Competitions, Department of English, University of Southern California

2009
Departmental Research Award, Department of English, University of Southern California

2008
College Graduate Merit Award ($20,000), Department of English, University of Southern California
First place, 2008 Best in Fiction Award, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought
New Voices Award, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought

2001
Second place, Salt Lake City Weekly Fiction Contest

READINGS

2012
Featherless Reading Series, Los Angeles, CA

2011
The Loudest Voice Reading Series, Los Angeles, CA

2008
The Loudest Voice Reading Series, Los Angeles, CA

2001
Sam Weller’s Bookstore, Salt Lake City, UT

EDITORIAL POSITIONS

Fall, 2016 Editor, The Karate Kid Anthology Burbank, CA
Fall, 2013 Fiction Editor, Conium Review Portland, OR
2003-2004 Staff, Chariton Review Provo, UT

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Associated Writing Programs
Midwest Modern Language Association
Western American Literature Association
International Raymond Carver Society

CONFERENCES

“Ideological Theater: The Pastoral in Raymond Carver’s ‘The Cabin.’” Paper presented at Western Literature Association Conference, University of Nevada, Reno, October, 2015

“Raymond Carver’s Life, Legacy, and Work.” Participant in roundtable discussion at Midwest Modern Language Association Conference, Detroit, November 2014

“The Competing Pastorals of Raymond Carver’s Husbands and Wives.” Paper presented at Western Literature Association Conference, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, November, 2014

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Creative writing (workshop, craft, study, and pedagogy), history and evolution of the modern short story, and composition and rhetoric

2014-2015 Lecturer, Thematic Option Honors Program Los Angeles, CA
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Conceive and design “CORE 111: Writing Seminar 1” and “CORE 112: Writing Seminar 2.” Conference with students individually to develop understanding of the mechanics of academic papers. Develop students’ ability to identify and address specific audiences. Encourage close, accurate, and thorough reading of texts. Evaluate progress and assign final grades.

2013-2014, Assistant Lecturer, The Writing Program Los Angeles, CA
2009-2011 UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Develop and teach undergraduate rhetoric and critical thinking seminar “Writing 140.” Conference with students individually to develop understanding of writing process. Evaluate progress and assign final grades.

Spring 2013 Visiting Writer/Special Instructor Laie, HI
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY—HAWAI’I
Conceive and design “Advanced Creative Writing” and “Literary Analysis and Research.” Lecture and provide written feedback on student work. Assign final grades.

2005-2008 English Teacher Phoenix, AZ
CAREER SUCCESS HIGH SCHOOL
Design and teach courses in American literature, world literature, and creative writing. Evaluate progress and assign final grades.

2004-2005 Graduate Writing Instructor Provo, UT
BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY—Provo
Design and teach undergraduate rhetoric and critical thinking seminar. Meet with students individually to develop understanding of writing composition. Evaluate progress and assign final grades.

CLASSES TAUGHT

CORE 112: Writing Seminar 2
Core 112 explores representations of the American suburbs from 1945 to the present, challenging claims that suburbia is a classless place. Through reading selected work from John Cheever, Raymond Carver, and Lorraine Hansberry, among others, students discover working-class, middle-class, and upper-class suburbs, as well as practices of racial segregation in suburbia. In writing about these texts, students develop their ability to identify and address specific audiences effectively and to convey complex ideas critically and persuasively

CORE 111: Writing Seminar 1
Paired with CORE 102: Culture and Values, CORE 111 instructs students on the mechanics of writing academic and analytical papers through the recursive process of close reading, pre-writing, drafting, argument analysis, and revision. It does so through lectures, individual conferences, and reading and writing workshops. Drawing on the themes and discussions from both this class and CORE 102, students write six essays on classical and modern texts such as the Hebrew Bible, The Odyssey, The Merchant of Venice, and Heart of Darkness.

English 318: Advanced Creative Writing
Though run as a workshop, this course also utilizes lectures, peer reviews, writing exercises, in-depth discussions of the elements of contemporary fiction craft, aesthetics, and market, as well as weekly readings of fiction by Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O’Connor, John Updike, and others. Students produce two short stories, with a culminating portfolio as a final project.

English 201: Literary Analysis and Interpretation
This writing and analysis course, whose theme is designed by the instructor, studies the development and evolution of the short story genre, with representative works from the 19th through 21st centuries. Authors include Washington Irving, Anton Chekhov, Charlotte Gilman, John Cheever, and many others. Students learn to interpret these texts through close readings and a critical analysis of the elements of fiction: plot, character, setting, point of view, style, and theme. Students produce three short response papers and an 8-10 page research paper.

Writing 140: Writing and Critical Reasoning
Required for all freshmen, this rhetoric and composition class is paired with American Studies and Ethnicity 101. Using texts from that class and a selection of other readings that explore visual representations of race and class, the Zoot Suit Riots, and the South Central Farm, students produce three critical essays, one research paper, and a culminating portfolio.

English 115: College Writing and Reading
This course teaches the principles of expository writing and critical reasoning with an emphasis on library-based research. Students produce a personal essay, an essay that explores the rhetoric of two speeches from a multi-level marketing convention, and a final research paper on some aspect of multi-level marketing.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

CORE 601: Teaching Analytical Writing through Readings in the Humanities, Fall 2014
WRIT 501: Theory and Practice in Teaching Expository Writing, Fall 2009
ENGL 610: Rhetoric and Composition, Fall 2004

REFERENCES

T.C. Boyle
Professor
3501 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90089
(213) 821-0477
tcboyle@usc.edu

Aimee Bender
Professor
3501 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90089
(213) 821-0477
abender@usc.edu

William Handley
Professor
3501 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90089
(213) 740-3733
handley@usc.edu

TEACHING REFERENCES

Penny Von Helmolt
Director of the University of Southern California’s Honors Program
University Park Campus
CAS Building, Room 200
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0153
(213) 740-2961
vonhelm@usc.edu

Keith Peterson
Former Chair of the English Department at Brigham Young University-Hawaii
55-220 Kulanui Street
Laie, HI 96762
(808) 675-3616
keith.peterson@byuh.edu

John Holland
Director of the Writing Program at the University of Southern California
Jefferson Building (JEF 150)
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1293
(213) 740-1980
writprog@usc.edu