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  • Doctorate of Philosophy, English, New York University, New York City, New York, N.Y., 1977
  • Master of Art, English, City University of New York, New York, N.Y., 1971
  • Bachelor of Art, English, Loyola University of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif., 1968

Forty-eight years of teaching experience, 20 at Springfield College, and 30 published books. Springfield College Excellence in Teaching Award (2012); nominated by Springfield College for the Carnegie Foundation United States Professor of the Year Award (2000); founder and president of Writing that Works, Inc. (1986-1996); James Thurber Writer in Residence at The Ohio State University (1985-1986); foundation fellow at the Michael Karolyi Memorial Arts Foundation in Vence, France (1982, 1983); Fulbright professor of american literature and civilization at the University of Bergen in Norway (1982-1983); assistant professor of humanities at Boston University (1977-1981). Other accomplishments include a bronze medal at the New York City Bicentennial Marathon (1976) and a silver medal in basketball at the New England Senior Olympics (2004). Richard lives in Montague, Mass., with his wife Diane Lyn Andersen.

Research Interests

  • Creative writing (five novels and an illustrated children's book)
  • Literary research (books on works by Abraham Rodriguez, Arthur Miller, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Coover, Toni Morrison, Walter Dean Meyers, William Goldman, and William Shakespeare
  • Writing instruction (seven books)

Courses Taught

  • Communication Skills
  • Contemporary American Literature
  • Introduction to World Literature
  • Writing for Human Services

Professional Certifications and Memberships

  • Springfield College: Faculty Senate, Writing Across the Curriculum Committee Faculty Development Committee, College Curriculum Committee
  • School of Professional and Continuing Studies: Writing Across the Curriculum Committee, Admissions Committee, Academic Standards Committee

Community Service and Volunteer Work

  • Book and art exhibit reviews for the Montague Reporter
  • Readings from my books in area schools
  • Participation in and running of a men's recreational basketball league at the University of Massachusetts

Selected Works


  • Profiles: Contemporary Authors, Library Journal
  • Who's Who in America
  • Recent interviews:, Connecting Point, a television interview show produced by the local PBS channel WGBY


  • In addition to 30 published books, numerous articles and short stories have appeared in Against the Wall, Alaska Quarterly Review, American Studies in Scandinavia (Oslo, Norway), Anarchist Review (London, England), Bedside Hollywood, Boston Journal, Boston Today, Bright Lights, Catalyst for Change, Columbus Dispatch, Contemporary Novelists (William Goldman), Curriculum Review, Italian-Americana, Dalhousie Review (Halifax, Canada), Editor and Publisher, Equinox, Elysian Fields, Meat for Tea, Mid-American Review, Montague Reporter, Phi Delta Kappan, Southern Humanities Review, Success, the new renaissance, University College Quarterly, Washington Square Journal, Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik (Leipzig, Germany).