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Ryan Leone grew up in Santa Barbara, California. He was expelled from three high schools for drug related offenses, spending much of his teenage years in and out of institutions. Despite these setbacks, he got several poems and short stories published in various anthologies. He was later accepted to a prestigious internship program in Boston for television writing but was quickly asked to leave because of his growing drug problem. He spent the next decade in innumerable jails and rehabs throughout the country. In 2008, after a two year federal investigation, he was indicted for his involvement in an international heroin cartel based out of Mexico. He spent four years in prison and wrote his first novel, Wasting Talent, during his incarcerat ...more

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Ryan Leone Writing has become more difficult as I've gotten sober, there's a stronger degree of perfectionism. I sit down to write and am never happy with what…moreWriting has become more difficult as I've gotten sober, there's a stronger degree of perfectionism. I sit down to write and am never happy with what I'm writing. When I was high I could write for hours at a time and think I was creating the most top notch shit around, even if I wasn't. Heroin didn't make me more creative but it made me care less, allowing me to get more writing done. I'm currently working on a second novel about lucid dreaming and prison. I have the framework in my mind and have started the rudimentary outline. I'm going for a much darker tone than Wasting Talent. I'm just finding it much more difficult to get productive writing sessions down now. (less)
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A piece I wrote for Artists for Bernie.....

Bernie's Political Revolution

By Ryan Leone

At the 2004 Democratic National Convention, a little known politician named Barack Obama, proclaimed, "There is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. " My father turned to me and said, "That guy right there, he's going to be the president someday."

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Aimee Farmer Hopefully at some point I will get a little time in my life to finish your book. I love it so far, definitely engaging.

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