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David Radavich's Biography

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Charlotte, North Carolina
Married to Dr. Anne Ricketson Zahlan
Jan 2008

David Radavich was born in Boston but has lived in many parts of the country as well as in Canada, Germany, and Scotland.  His poetry collections include Slain Species (Court Poetry, London, 1980), By the Way: Poems over the Years (Buttonwood, 1998), and Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2000).  His plays have been produced across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway.  Fragments of the Third Planet received its European premiere in 2000 in Germany as part of their Millennium Festival.  America Bound: An Epic for Our Time (Plain View, 2007) narrates American history from World War II to the present, while Canonicals (Finishing Line, 2009) traces "love's hours."  Middle-East Mezze (Plain View, 2011)  focuses on a troubled yet enchanting part of our world. His latest book, The Countries We Live In, is just out from Main Street Rag (2014).

Radavich has written many essays on poetry and drama and has performed in a variety of countries.  He has been president of the Thomas Wolfe Society and the Charlotte Writers' Club and is currently poetry editor of Deus Loci.  In 2009 he was named Distinguished Professor of Eastern Illinois University and inducted into the University Professionals of Illinois Wall of Fame in 2010. Radavich was awarded the Zelda and Paul Gitlin Literary Prize for best essay published on Thomas Wolfe in 2011 and the MidAmerica Award for contributions to midwestern literature in 2012.

Recommended Links


Plain View Press, Pudding House Publications, Buttonwood Press, Finishing Line Press

Interests & Hobbies

Music, nature, social activism