2009 Winner Excellence in Teaching Award, UNC-Chapel Hill Friday Center, for Beginning and Intermediate Fiction Writing courses which he designed and teaches.
Richard Krawiec’s first novel, Time Sharing, was published by Viking Penguin. It was reviewed by such luminaries as Michiko Kakutani, Richard Eder, and Jonathan Yardley. It was featured in Publisher’s Weekly Recommended List, and the Village Voice Real Life Rock Top Ten column. Multiple film options have been sold through the years.
His second novel, Faith in What?, was published by Avisson Press. It was well-reviewed, receiving attention from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus and major daily newspapers throughout the U.S.
His short story collection, And Fools of God, also received excellent reviews from Kirkus, Library Journal and elsewhere. His short stories appear in dozens of literary magazines and have been nominated and short-listed for the Best American Short Stories anthology.
His widely praised second book of poems, She Hands me the Razor, is available from Press 53. Order here.
His first book, Breakdown(MSR Publishing), received praise from, among others, North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer.
His poetry, fiction, feature articles, and plays appear in commercial and literary publications throughout the US, Europe, and Asia.
In addition, he has written a chapter book for children, The Truth About S.C., and two biographies for young adults, Sarah Hughes: Sudden Champion, and Yao Ming: Gentle Giant. The Yao Ming book was awarded one of the top 40 books of the year by the Pennsylvania Librarians Association, and a chapter purchased by Florida for use in their language arts curriculum.
He is founder of Jacar Press, a Community Active Press. Part of the proceeds from all sales go to fund community initiatives. Their first publication, The Sound of Poets Cooking, a poetry anthology/cookbook, was a critical and commercial success. For more information visit Jacar Press.
He has won fellowships for his writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council(twice), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Krawiec wrote the curriculum for the Beginning and Intermediate Fiction Writing courses which he teaches online for UNC-Chapel Hill. He also teaches ADvanced Fiction Writing at UNC on a one-to-one basis. He won the Excellence in Teaching Award for his work.
His memoir writing class, Write Your Life, which runs twice a year, has sold out via word of mouth since 2004.
Since 1983, he has offered training workshops on how to teach writing to children and adults at writers conferences, literacy centers, Departments of Education, various universities and colleges, and in the public schools. He has taught writing to people in homeless shelters, housing projects, women’s centers, and prisons, including Death Row, as well as at various universities, colleges, and high schools.
Krawiec has worked for two decades as a ghost writer, development editor, and line editor. He has edited creative anthologies featuring the work of internationally known writers such as Fred Chappell, Allan Gurganus, Reynolds Price, Lee Smith, Elizabeth Spencer, and others. Recent clients have published novels, story collections, and books of poetry. He has ghost-written several novels and memoirs which have been published in the past few year.