Ryan Smernoff holds an MFA from Columbia University and an MA in English Literature from Cal State Long Beach. He is the senior editor at Turner Publishing Company and an occasional instructor of writing, editing, and publishing in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. In his publishing career, Ryan has worked in editorial departments at Henry Holt and Company, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, and W. W. Norton. His criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Ryan lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles.