Wendy Ryden is Professor of English at LIU Post, where she coordinated the Writing Across the Curriculum program and is currently the Chair of the Campus Committee on Student Writing. She received her MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College and her PhD in English from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has published widely on literature, pedagogy, writing, and rhetoric, including creative nonfiction. She is co-author of Reading, Writing, and the Rhetorics of Whiteness and co-editor of the volume Haunting Realities: Naturalist Gothic and American Realism. Recent publications include “Liminally True: Creative Nonfiction as Transformative Thirdspace” and “Cultivating Convergence through Creative Nonfiction: Identity, Development, and the Metaphor of Transfer.” Her creative work has appeared in journals and anthologies, such as The One You Call Sister, Cancer as a Woman’s Issue, and Spinetingler Magazine. Her work “Breast Pains” has been performed internationally through Urban Aphrodite. At LIU Post she teaches courses in writing and literature, especially creative nonfiction and writing and healing. She is currently editor of JAEPL, the Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning and has served as past Chair for the AEPL organization, an official Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English.


PhD in English, Graduate Center, CUNY
MFA in creative writing, Brooklyn College
BA, Drew University

Courses Taught:

Creative Nonfiction, Writing and Healing, First Year Writing, The Art of Expository Writing, Writing in the Workplace, Introduction to Literature, World Literature, Classical Rhetoric, Mythology, Disciplinary Literacy in the Humanities, Naturalist Gothic and American Realism, FY seminars