Ryan Habermeyer was born and raised outside of Los Angeles. He earned his MFA from the Program for Poets & Writers at the University of Massachusetts and his PhD from the University of Missouri. His work has appeared in Cream City Review, Carolina Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, and Chattahoochee Review. As a scholar of European folklore and fairy-tales, he has lectured nationally and internationally on the genre. He lives with his wife and children on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where he is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Salisbury University.