Tanyo Ravicz was born in Mexico City and grew up in Los Angeles, the son of anthropologists. He attended Harvard University, where he studied psychology and English and began writing poetry. He graduated in 1984, and after living on the East Coast and in Europe, he settled for many years in Alaska, in Fairbanks and then Kodiak. He homesteaded land on Kodiak Island's north coast, and he often returns there. He now resides in California.
Over the years Tanyo Ravicz found work as, among other things, a wildland firefighter, cannery hand, day laborer, property manager and schoolteacher. He briefly attended the graduate writing program at UC Irvine, but he left after a quarter. He continued to write, and his stories and essays have appeared in a range of journals.
His first novel A Man of His Village, awarded ForeWord Magazine’s Gold Award in Literary Fiction and the Eric Hoffer Prize in General Fiction, was followed by a selection of his published short stories, Alaskans. He is the author of the short novel Ring of Fire and, most recently, of the long comic poem “Hail to the Chief,” issued as a Digital Single by Denali Press.
Tanyo Ravicz is currently at work on companion books, nonfiction and fiction, that emerge from his years of homesteading on Alaska’s Kodiak Island.