David Radavich

David Radavich is a poet, playwright, and essayist. Among his poetry volumes are Slain Species (Court Poetry, London, 1980), By the Way: Poems over the Years (Buttonwood, 1998), and Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2000). Individual works have appeared widely in journals and anthologies. His plays have been performed across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway, and in Europe. America Bound: An Epic for Our Time (Plain View, 2007) narrates U.S. history from World War II to the present through the eyes of everyday Americans, while Canonicals (Finishing Line, 2009) investigates “love’s hours.” Middle-East Mezze (Plain View, 2011) focuses on a troubled yet enchanting part of our world. His new collection, The Countries We Live In (Main Street Rag, 2014), explores our inner and outer geographies. Radavich has written scholarly and informal essays on poetry and drama and has performed in such far-flung locations as Canada, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, and Iceland. He has been president of the Thomas Wolfe Society and Charlotte Writers’ Club and currently is Vice President of the North Carolina Poetry Society and poetry editor of Deus Loci. Among his honors are being selected as the 2009 Distinguished Professor at Eastern Illinois University and being inducted into the University Professionals of Illinois Wall of Fame (2010). In 2012 he was awarded the MidAmerica Award for his contributions to Midwestern literature and scholarship and the Zelda and Paul Gitlin Literary Prize for best essay on Thomas Wolfe. He received the Paul and Zelda Gitlin Literary Prize again in 2014.