ABOUT ALL OF YOU
All of You was conceived in the first weeks of lockdown, Spring 2020, when Ryan did not know whether he would have to leave his farm job in West Cork and return to a New York that sounded apocalyptic. Its sibling novelette, The Devil (from which “Eliot and Andrew” is an excerpt), was completed long-form in three weeks, while the first bones of All of You were listed sparingly and put aside for months. In those months, Ryan closely read Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss, Angela Davis’ Are Prisons Obsolete?, and Achille Mbembe’s Critique of Black Reason. He resumed writing All of You on May 15, his mom’s birthday, and the first draft was completed in late July 2020. All of You was written while the protests of Summer 2020 occurred. The distance between Ryan’s desk in rural Ireland--as well as his white settler suburban upbringing--and the civil disobedience rising across the United States and Europe at that time generated much of how the novelette’s white characters deal with race. The anti-love story at the novelette’s center would have been impossible without personal experience, Rilke’s Duino Elegies, Joy Ladin’s Through the Door of Life, and pivotal queer films like Pariah (2011), Weekend (2011), and Keep the Lights On (2012). In the future, Ryan would like to live to see the central political and personal concerns of All of You grow outdated and obsolete.
ABOUT RYAN SCHULTE
Ryan Schulte (he/him) is a white queer settler born and raised in Massapequa Park, NY. He graduated from Massapequa High School in 2014 and CUNY Macaulay Honors College at Hunter in 2018. While living in New York, he worked as volunteer and/or intern for Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, Bowery Residents Committee, Bowery Poetry Club, and the Jazz Foundation of America. After graduation, he literally wanted to live in a cabin in the woods; he started volunteering at organic farms through WWOOF. He has farmed in Ireland, Holland, Sicily and Spain. His favorite crop, by far, is beetroot, and tomatoes so long as the greenhouse is disease-free (only with luck).
Mainly a writer of fiction, Ryan’s first published work as an adult was a personal essay called Notes on Water and Blood, published by the incredible Greying Ghost Press in January 2020. The chapbook has reached its third printing, and he has read from it at events with Word Up Bookshop (June 2020) and Macaulay Honors College (January 2022).
Ryan’s short fiction has exclusively appeared in Hello America Stereo Cassette’s mixtapes since Summer 2021. “Alexis Costello” (Summer ’21), “Eliot and Andrew” (Fall ’21), and “Irving Place” (Winter ’22) were all composed in West Cork, Ireland.