Born in Illinois, raised in Southern Indiana, and now living
in St. Louis, Richard Newman is the author of the poetry collections Domestic Fugues (Steel Toe Books, 2009) and Borrowed
Towns (Word Press, 2005), as well as several chapbooks, including Greatest
Hits (Pudding House, 2002), Tastes Like Chicken and Other Meditations (Snark
Publishing, 2004), Monster Gallery: 19 Terrifying
and Amazing Monster Sonnets! (Snark
Publishing, 2005), and 24 Tall Boys: Dark Verse for Light Times (Firecracker Press, 2007).
His poems, stories, and essays have appeared
in Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry," Best
American Poetry 2006, Boulevard, Crab Orchard
Review, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor, StoryQuarterly, Tar River Poetry, The
and many other periodicals and anthologies.
He earned his MFA
at the Brief-Residency MFA Writing Program at Spalding
teaches at Washington University and University of Missouri-St. Louis Honors College,
reviews books for the St.
Louis Post-Dispatch, and,
for the last 17 years, has served as editor of River
has been nominated for dozens of Pushcart
prizes but has never won, not even
once. He lives in St. Louis with
his daughter Natalie.
Styx keeps on rolling
Richard Newman has spent the past eighteen years working
to keep St. Louis' oldest literary magazine alive. It has not been an easy task. "Literature
and poetry are never going to have a huge audience," concedes the 41-year-old
editor of River Styx. "We're not in the checkout aisle of the grocery
store — not
that I expect that, but it would be fun." Read
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