Richard (he/him) lives in Tucson, Arizona where he reads, writes poetry and fiction, attends and teaches writing workshops at The Writers Studio, and works for HiRISE, a team in the Lunar & Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona with a camera in orbit around Mars onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Richard’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published multiple times in Impossible Archetype, in addition to The Laurel Review, Manzano Mountain Review, HiRISE’s MarsPoetica, and Star*Line. His fiction has been published in The House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature and is forthcoming in the Coppice & Brake anthology from Crone Girls Press. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published online at Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files.”
Richard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona in 2015. Following that, he began taking writing workshops at the University of Arizona Poetry Center and The Writers Studio Tucson. Richard now teaches writing workshops and is a Tucson Poetry Festival board member. He routinely participates in the various NYC Midnight fiction writing challenges and in National/Global Poetry Writing Month, StoryADay, and National Novel Writing Month.
Pushcart Prize XLV Nomination
Nominated for poem published in 2019
Short listed for “Burning Baby” and “The Pretty Men”
Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards
Finalist in 2018, semi-finalist in 2019 and 2020
3rd Place for “Coward’s Unsent Query Letter Including Chapter Summary of Memoir Not Written”
Judge: Alice Hatcher
1st Place for “These Are the Animals You May Eat”
Judge: Ted McLoof
Board Member beginning November 2019.
Supporting Member beginning 2019.
Lifetime Member as of 2019. Member 2016 – present.
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Tucson Festival of Books Masters Workshop
2019 Poetry Instructor: Marilyn Chin
2018 Poetry Instructor: Mary Jo Bang
The Writers Studio provides local and online writer workshops that focus on persona writing and narrative technique. There is a chapter in Tucson. Completed Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Master workshops and craft classes (2016 – present)
Instructors: Lela Scott MacNeil, Philip Ivory, Janelle Drumwright, and Reneé Bibby
The University of Arizona Poetry Center provides a library and archive of poetry as well as readings and other literary events, including community workshops and craft classes, at the Helen S. Schaefer Building. Completed various workshops in poetry and screenwriting:
- Writing the Wild: A Poetry Intensive with Pamela Uschuk (Spring 2019)
- Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop with Maurya Simon (Spring 2019)
- Fail Better: Creative Submitting with Rachel Mindell (Summer 2018)
- Characters Who Do Things: Writing Active Protagonists on Page, Stage, and Screen with Ted McLoof (Summer 2018)
- Revisioning with Laura Maher (Fall 2017)
- Screenwriting: The Basics with Ted McLoof (Summer 2016)
- Are We There Yet? Pacing and Payoff in Narrative Verse with Adrian Matejka (Summer 2016)
B.A. Degree in English & Creative Writing (December 2015)
Instructors: Laura Miller, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Brianna Scott MacNeil, Joel Smith, Kate Bernheimer, Susan Briante, Brent Hendricks, Kendra Mullison, and Farid Matuk
Member on and off since 1997.