My name is Ryan M. Moser. I’m a 44 year old recovering addict serving an eight-year sentence at the Florida Everglades Correctional Institution for a non-violent property crime. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and have a large supportive family waiting for me to come home next year.

As a lifelong writer, I’m inspired by the written word and its ability to change the status quo, lift hearts, face trauma, and connect with the world. I began my writing career as a bad poet, then moved on to penning essays and fiction.

Not long ago, I realized the importance of journalism in society after the Black Lives Matter movement and calls for criminal justice reform in America. I turned my attention to writing about issues that have substance. Being a newcomer to the genre, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be involved with PJP’s new J-School, and I know that I’ll learn much from the coursework and instructors. I look forward to starting down an exciting path and reporting news.

Before prison I worked in sales and at civil engineering firms as an AutoCAD designer, and I’ve also been a bartender and an instructor of the martial art Krav Maga. As a jazz musician, artist and writer, I find the most happiness in being imaginative and making new things. The creative arts have always been my passion in life, but I also love skiing, mountain biking, and swimming, as well as yoga and chess. I’ve been a student of Zen Buddhism for 14 years now.

STORIES BY RYAN M. MOSER

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