Critical Praise

From reviews of Time Sharing

“…authentic, raw, often funny…a folie a deux only a skilled writer could handle convincingly. Krawiec is well up to the challenge. He brings to life two characters whose inchoate longings are as credible as Romeo and Juliet’s.”
Publisher’s Weekly Recommended List

“Possesses an engaging, off-beat humor…and considerable poignancy. First rate satire. Genuinely touching.”
-Richard Eder, L.A. Times

“An earnest, kindly book about hard lives, bad luck, and persistent dreams. Sincere and honorable.”
-Jonathon Yardley, Washington Post

“…chronicles in unflinching often painful detail the wounded efforts of two fringe people to construct their version of a nuclear family…at its core this novel expresses an honest, elaborately detailed sense of horror.”
-The New York Sunday Times Book Review

“This book is a trip, fascinating. Krawiec writes with an energy that smolders on the page, and yet he makes it look so easy.”
-Elmore Leonard

“Makes people who come to our attention mostly as statistics spring to life as heartbreakingly real. We see them through Krawiec’s compassionate yet unflinching gaze. How wonderful to find a writer with so much talent and a real social conscience as well.”
-Lee Smith

“One of the brightest talents in fiction.”
-Fred Chappell


From Reviews of Faith in What?

“Krawiec credibly limns the hearts and trials of characters worth caring about.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“A gritty, powerful novel. The modest, hard-won victories that provide the climax of this angry, exact, robust novel feel both believable and just.”
Kirkus Reviews


From Reviews of And Fools of God

“Krawiec is a strong writer. There’s no denying his gift for storytelling, the stark truthfulness of detail, the sense of finding oneself in the grip of life the way it really is rather than the way fictionmongers have told us it is.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Krawiec skillfully depicts how people become part of a vicious cycle as both victims and victimizers. Moments of hope occur when these characters reach out…to practice simple compassion. Recommended for public and academic libraries.”
Library Journal

From Reviews of She Hands me the Razor

“She Hands Me the Razor is an edgy and satisfying marriage of tenderness and well-honed attentiveness to the connections, often fraying, among people and the various places in which they find themselves, both physically and emotionally…The poems in She Hands Me the Razor ferry us through dangerous waters, leaving us finally upon the shore of grace, that infusion of morning light on a loved face. W.H. Auden wrote, In Memory of W. B. Yeats: “In the prison of his days/ Teach the free man how to praise.” Krawiec’s new collection of poems culminates in praise, which has always been the goal and gift of poetry.”
— Kathryn Stripling Byer, North Carolina Poet Laureate, NC Literary Hall of Fame 


“The poems of Richard Krawiec are not unflinching. The things they discover, observe, and reveal might cause anyone to flinch. But this poet does not avert his gaze; he sees and endures and at last achieves a dearly bought and perhaps unexpected grace. I admire this collection enormously because I never doubted, always thinking, “Yes, this is how it must have been.” Powerful experiences powerfully rendered with an art that seems almost casual. I salute this high, rude accomplishment.”

— Fred Chappell, North Carolina Poet Laureate, NC Literary Hall of Fame


From Reviews of Breakdown

“Richard Krawiec’s courageous, unblinking art has created a collection that is both terrifying and beautiful. The poems…are harrowing, yet tender.”

— Kathryn Stripling Byer, North Carolina Poet Laureate, NC Literary Hall of Fame 

“These are gut-wrenching, hair-raising, nerve-shattering, keep-you-up-at-night poems. They will change you. You’ll want to believe they’re just poems, but in the end you’ll know they’re much more than that.”

— Scott Owens, Wild Goose Poetry Review 

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