Tracy Ryan grew up in a large family in the Midland area of Perth,Western Australia. After reading English at Curtin University, she studied European languages at the University of Western Australia and translated many French writers, including Helene Cixous, Maryline Desboilles and Francoise Han. She completed a BA in Literature at the University of Western Australia. Ryan is a former bookseller and tutor. She has been living in Cambridge, England where she has worked as a bookseller, tutor, editor and writer.Much of her paid work has been in libraries. Ryan was Judith E. Wilson Junior Visiting Fellow at Robinson College, Cambridge in 1998 and has been teaching Australian Literature and Film at the University of East Anglia. She spent much of 2000 in Perth working on her book of poems Hothouse. Ryan is an editor as well as a writer.
'he poems in Tracy Ryan's latest collection move on 'feet of drought and tinder' from Australia to the bogs of Ireland, drawing on many eras, to test the edges of both a cutover myth and a real landscape in need of recognition and preservation. What emerges from this poetic bogland is a hoard, an archive of histories and wishes, bright gold 'glimpses yielding up fragments then closing over'.' (Publication summary)
'Unearthed is a collection of elegies for dead friends and past loves as well as a tribute to Ryan's embattled but joyous life on a bush block. In a long sequence addressed to her Swiss-German first husband, Ryan delves into unresolved grief and the ambivalent feelings that remain after severing intense relationships. Unearthed is Tracy Ryan's seventh full-length collection. According to Geoff Page, here is 'the poet at her mature and forensic best'.' (Publisher's blurb)