Sara Ryan is the author of the graphic novel Bad Houses with art by Carla Speed McNeil, young adult novels The Rules for Hearts and Empress of the World, and various comics, short stories, and essays.

She has spoken and taught in numerous venues: high schools and universities; public and school libraries; conferences including the Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging LGBTQ Voices Retreat, the American Library Association, Public Library Association, Sirens, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; master class instructor for Writing The Other; guest instructor at The Animation Workshop, Viborg, Denmark; and comic conventions including Comicon International and Wondercon. She grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and now lives in Portland, Oregon.


MILS | University of Michigan
BA - Medieval & Renaissance Studies | University of Michigan

David Macinnis Gill

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Linda Urban

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Mary Quattlebaum

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

William Alexander

Faculty Chair, MFA in WCYA

Uma Krishnaswami

Faculty, MFA in WCYA

Shelley Tanaka

Faculty, MFA in WCYA