Ryan Boudinot is an American writer. He was born on November 6, 1972, in St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands. He was educated at Evergreen State College and Bennington College. He is the author of several books, including The Octopus Rises, Blueprints of the Afterlife, The Littlest Hitler: Stories, and Misconception. The latter three have been nominated for the Washington State Book Award. Blueprints of the Afterlife was also nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award and has been published in translation in the Czech Republic and Spain. He edited Seattle, City of Literature, an anthology featuring essays by over thirty writers.
Boudinot worked for Amazon as a customer service representative from 1998–2000, during a period when the company went from just selling books to venturing into a myriad other product categories. He was part of a team that launched what became the company's marketplace platform. He returned to Amazon from 2004-2007 as an editor on the DVD team, merchandising releases for movie studios including 20th Century Fox and the Criterion Collection. As most Amazon employees do, he received a lot of free movies, and now boasts a large collection of the Criterion Collection. His technology career has also included editorial positions at Netflix, Microsoft, and Expedia.
In 2013, Boudinot founded Seattle City of Literature, a nonprofit organization that managed Seattle's bid to join the UNESCO Creative Cities network.
In 2016, Boudinot founded Starbird Reality, a think tank and content studio specializing in virtual reality and immersive audio technology based at the University of Washington's VR startup incubator, CoMotion Labs. He lives in Seattle.
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