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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David Radavich  

Pen Name: None


Born: October 30, 1949 in Boston Massachusetts



Illinois Connection

David was a professor of English at Eastern Illinois University and lived in Charleston, Illinois. In 2009 he retired and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, though he still maintains some ties to Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Radavich is a poet, playwright and teacher. Since the mid-1980's, he has been a professor of English at Eastern Illinois University.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Slain Species: A Selection of Poems
ISBN: 090601025X

Court Poetry Press. 1980

Poetry lovers will appreciate Radavich's range of elegiac contemplation in this haunting collection, comprised of both formal and free verse and drawing on his experiences from living in Aberdeen, Scotland and traveling on the Continent. The cover design is by James Hall Johnson, Dundee. Selected poems include: One fish is dead

the tide, breaking

web and warrior

proud stalks: that August stirs

the red moon on the heath


By the Way: Poems over the Years
ISBN: 096580450X

Buttonwood Pr. 1998

America Bound: An Epic for Our Time
ISBN: 1891386689

Plain View Press. 2007

In this richly polyphonic text, Radavich couples narrative verse with interlocking dramatic monologues to deliver a revisionist history of America since the second World War - an account across generations so inclusive as to seem Whitmanesque - encompassing personal and national identities, conscience and community. 'I hear the voices of America,' writes Radavich, and through them AMERICA BOUND renders a cultural landscape altered in the wake of the Twentieth Century. By 'listening to the voices of those who lived simply for themselves and others in the heartland of their history,' voices aching to be heard, we sense how their stories are also ours, and their questions - 'Where do we all go from here?' - the ones we must live by.
Christian Knoeller, poet, author of COMPLETING THE CIRCLE

AMERICA BOUND rests firmly in a tradition of dramatic lives rendered through poetry, especially Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. David Radavich paints lovely portraits that fill an American town with rich and moving lives.
Patricia Clark, poet, author of MY FATHER ON A BICYCLE

This is poetry that matters. Radavich has a dramatist's gift of being able to evoke character with only a few words from a speaker's mouth: these are poems that come from the tongue, and like intimate, personal speech, invite us to speak back. Though the speakers reflect social movements and economic booms and busts, they are never abstractions or simply victims, but people telling their stories of gains and losses in ways that invite compassion, respect, and fellow feeling. This book makes me hopeful for the future of American poetics as part of our political discourse, as part of a common life that binds our diverse interests. If more poets had Radavich's ambition - to write for a broad audience, instead of only a few

to write about the world we live in and what we owe to others - then we would see people everywhere with poems in their pockets and in their briefcases.
Leonora Smith, poet, author of SPACIAL RELATIONS



Carruth Memorial Poetry Competition Prizes, University of Kansas, 1973, 1974, 1976

3rd Prize, Kansas Quarterly Poetry Contest, 1974

Listing in International Who's Who in Poetry (Cambridge, England), 1976 and ff.

1st Prize, Tell-Tale Poetry Competition (Bolton, England), 1978

1st Prize and Special Prize, International Competition for Rhymed Verse (Coventry, England),1982

Listing in Poets and Writers' Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, 1983 and ff.

3rd Prize, SuccessPoetry Competition (Peterborough, England), 1983

Consolation Prize, Phoenix International Poems for Peace Competition (Barcelona, Spain), 1984

Finalist, Alabama Press Poetry Series Competition, 1984

Inclusion in Die weiten Horizone: amerikanische Lyrik 1638 bis 1980 (Cologne, Germany), 1984

Listing in Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, and Poets, First Edition, 1986-87 and ff.

3rd Prize, Willow Review Poetry Competition, 1987

Finalist, Carnegie-Mellon University Press Poetry Manuscript Competition, 1988

Finalist, Poetpourri Poetry Competition, 1988

Prizewiner, Goodman Awards Poetry Competition, 1989

Featured Poet, The Rolling Coulter , Spring 1990

Inclusion in American Poets Special Issue, Orbis (UK), 1992

Designation as Illinois Distinguished Author, 1995

Placement on Illinois Authors Map, 1995

Honorable Mention, Northwoods Journal Poetry Contest, 1996

Inclusion in Century: 100 Major Poets, Orbis (UK), 1996

Semi-finalist, New Issues Poetry Prize, for Life-Cycles, 1997

Listing in Outstanding Writers of the Twentieth Century, summer 2000