About the Author

Ryan Petty is a Princeton honors graduate in History and a former small press publisher* who lives in a ferryboat town north of Seattle with his wife Melissa and the ghost of a big dog named Kodiak 

(the Malamute hero of Kodiak & The Un-Hunted Place, a novel in verse he self-published in 2021). 

He's written and published, as well, a children's picture book (Elves in the Bookhouse) illustrated by Vera Kulikov.

Ryan has written a dozen other children's picture book manuscripts, but has found them difficult to publish, as author-illustrators (people who do both) have the inside track with both agents and publishers - for reasons that are understandable. And hiring illustrators for self-published children's picture books is expensive, as Ryan found out....

Lesson learned, he's glad to have had the experience. But has turned his attention to writing historical fiction and novels in verse

and has three manuscripts now combining these concepts 

that he'll be submitting to agents soon. 

(The process begins for Book #1 in November 2023.)

Ryan can be contacted c/o:

He'd love to hear from you. Or peruse his books on Amazon here, and Thanks in advance: 


Among the respected names published by Ryans Cold Mountain Press were two future National Poets Laureate: Donald Hall and Ted Kooser (who went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry). Others he published include Allen Ginsberg (future winner of the National Book Award for Poetry), William Stafford, Wendell Berry, Denise Levertov, Robert Bly (past winner of the National Book Award for Poetry), Joseph Bruchac, Michael Hogan, Linda Pastan, Gregory Orr, and Nancy Willard (who would go on to win the Newbery Medal for children's literature).

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