Look for my short story "Dart" upcoming in Prairie Schooner and my story "Stray" upcoming in Bellevue Literary Review.
The First Real Halloween won best screenplay in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category for the 2014 International Family Film Festival in L.A. & The Knife Association was a finalist for the 2014 Terror Film Festival.
upcoming with Michigan State University Press, May 2015--Here: Women Writing Michigan's Upper Peninsula, featuring writing by Bame-wa-wa-ge-zhik-aquay, Elinor Benedict, Ellen Airgood, Saara Myrene Raappana, & many more (with a foreword by Alison Swan)
The Way North--finalist for 2014 Midwest Book Award, Foreword Book of the Year Award, 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award, & 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award (shortlisted for Grand Prize), & chosen by the Library of Michigan as 2014 Michigan Notable Book
My Pushcart nominated short story "Heroes" is at <a href="http://moonshotmagazine.org/ron-riekki-heroes">Moonshot Magazine</a>
Order The Way North--28 poets, 17 fiction writers, brand new U.P. writing, http://wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/way-north
UPCOMING BOOKS: with Michigan State University Press, Arbutus Press, and Finishing Line Press
FICTION/NON-FICTION PUBLISHED IN 2014: [note: I have a lot more to add when I have free time] "Dart" in Prairie Schooner; "The Birds" and "XING" in Loch Raven Review, http://thelochravenreview.net/ron-riekki/; "World War A" in Microhorror, http://www.microhorror.com/microhorror/category/author/ron-riekki/; "It's a Simple Thing, Distance" in Out of the Gutter Online: Pulp Fiction & More; "Acquired" in decomP magazinE; "The Family Jewel" in Blue Fifth Review; "Airway" in H_NGM_N; "Air" and "The Baby in the Air," Connotation Press; "American Education at the Community College" and "The True Story of Yin," Santa Fe Literary Review; "Chrome," Nailpolish Stories; "Ah, to Burn," "Another True Story about China," and "The Tea Party," 3Elements Review; "The Ecdysiast," Liars' League NYC; "Forty Years Later: You Probably Heard about It on the News," Cease, Cows; "He Knows What It Means," Pithead Chapel; "Dàtúsha," Border Crossing; "Your Wonderwall" in CHEAP POP; "'Ambulance' Means 'Walking,' 'Christmas' Means 'Dead'" in Voluted Tales; "Digging Up Doug" in T. Gene Davis's Speculative Blog; "XING" in Tales to Terrify; "[Xxxxx Decides to Expand]," "Dear DOGZPLOT," and "The American University in America" in DOGZPLOT; "We Have Five Liters of Circulating Blood" in The Legendary; "I Used to Be a Paramedic and One of the Paramedics Used to Eat the Patients" in Literary Orphans; "Shift" in The Quotable"; "Clown" in Mad Swirl;
POETRY PUBLISHED IN 2014: [note: I have a lot more to add when I have free time] "China (What If I'd Stayed at the Plantation University in Alabama) in Spillway; "Teaching the Qur'an at Auburn, a Lesson" in Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America; "Lou Reed," "Un-unemployment," "The Paramedic Said, 'Doctors are Stupid,'" and "On the Train from the Czech Republic to Hungary," in Dead Snakes; "The Patient Who Fell Up the Stairs," "Crying in Front of a Patient (for Kate Gale)," and "Advice to an EMT" in Chest Journal: the Official Publication of Chest Physicians' Pectoriloquy; "The Morgue Supervisor," "The Love Poem," and "My Third Hour of Waiting at the V.A. Hospital" in the kitchen poets/Underground Books; "Masturbation," Drown in My Own Fears; "You Say," Gutter Eloquence Magazine; "Masturbating," Gertrude Press; "Some People Drink Themselves to Death," Gravel; "We are Really Cool," Parody Poetry Journal; "The Doctor at the V.A." and "My Best Friend Attempts Suicide, Fails," Mad Hatter Lit; "Corpse Mistaken for Halloween Decoration" in Red Fez; "The Hitchhiker" in Kentucky Review; "We are Really Cool" in Poetry Parody Journal; "The Road Taken," "Numbers (Apocrypha)," and "Counting Down the Last Days of the Beats" in The Fib Review; "Thought" in work to a calm;
THEATER/PLAYS IN 2014: We Tried to Sacrifice Ed to the Devil, finalist for Wildclaw Theatre's International Festival of Radio Plays; The Birds and the Bees and the Prostitutes: a Bar Play, finalist for Blue Box World
UPCOMING FILM: documentary Anatomy of a Writer, director by Helen Cho Anthos, to be released in 2015
http://www.snowboundbooks.com/, purchase U.P. through Snowbound Books--support local bookstores
The latest chapbook She Took God at http://www.gypsydaughter.com/
UPCOMING APPEARANCES: Jul 25-Aug 20 for the U.P. Book Tour 2013, starting in Kalamazoo at Kazoo Books II with Bonnie Jo Campbell headlining
POETRY PUBLISHED 2013: "I Took a Philosophy Class and Asked My Professor What the Meaning of Life is" in Gutter Eloquence Magazine; "I Had Sex with a Girl" and "Teacher in Space Project," Kind of a Hurricane Press's Point Mass; The Unemployment in Palmer," New Issues Press, Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry; "Kissing Her" and "Palmer, Michigan," Northern Cardinal Review; "Shanghaied [for Bei Dao] and "Traditional Chinese Medicine," Shot Glass Journal; "Non-Demoninational and Tone Deaf," "The Autobiography of," "Working for Nine Dollars an Hour at the Haunted Hayride" audio poem, and "She Asks If I Killed Anyone During the War" in Collective Exile, http://collectiveexile.com/the-autobiography-of-ron-riekki/; "Reap I" and "Much Better Pay Than Minimum Wage," Carcinogenic Poetry; "From My Window in Shanghai" in Loch Raven Review; "For Jacob Osae," "For Victoria Nunoo," and "For Novisi Dzitrie" in One Ghana, One Voice, http://oneghanaonevoice.com/search/label/Ron%20Riekki; "China (What If I'd Stayed in Alabama at the Plantation University?)" in Spillway's December "The Long and Short of It" issue; [untitled: for obvious reasons]" in Corvus Magazine; "You Two" and "[. . .] Seeing the Negaunee Graveyard Coming to Life" in Fib Review; "Chinese Dissidents: C. Lujun," "Chinese Dissidents: L. Di," and "Chinese Dissidents: W. Dan" in Otoliths; "Love Poem, Cincinnati" in Toe Good Poetry; "Driving from Ocala, Florida, to Munising, Michigan" in Message in a Bottle Poetry Magazine, Spring 2014; "The Blood I've Seen (a memoir)" and "Daffodils and Hos" in Thick With Conviction, June 2013; "Working the Night Shift in the E.R." and the re-publishing of "Reap I" in Chantarelle's Notebook; "Reading a Chinese Dictionary" in UC-Santa Barbara's Into the Teeth of the Wind; "After They Leave" in The Way North (Pushcart nominated)
FICTION/NON-FICTION PUBLISHED 2013: "The Ten Most Insane People I Ever Met" and "[. . .] My Life at Harvard," The Fat City Review; "A Bunch of People Who've Died," SLAB Literary Magazine; "ÈR," Amarillo Bay Literary Magazine; "The Soup of Aiqing," Loch Raven Review
From Presenting Lenore, "My Favorite Reads of 2009,"http://presentinglenore.blogspot.com/2009/12/my-favorite-reads-of-2009-with-giveaway.html: "My favorite book of 2009 was U.P. by R.A. Riekki." (Handle Like Hendrix)
Flavorwire listed U.P. 2nd in "A Summer Reading List for Metalheads," http://flavorwire.com/101557/a-summer-reading-list-for-metalheads, saying, "U.P. traces a band of four teenagers in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. One of the group, a metalhead named Craig, was inspired by Queensryche to add a superfluous umlaut to his name. Now that's metal."
Dan Wrzesinski's CD of Leave Me Alone I'm Bleeding, http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/daniel-james-wrzesinski-r/id395537818:
CHECK OUT THESE REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS, & WRITINGS:
RECENT INTERVIEWS/ARTICLES: Washington Examiner, http://washingtonexaminer.com/entertainment/books-make-writer/; Jumping the Candlestick, http://jumpingthecandlestick.blogspot.com/2011/10/michigander-monday-ron-riekki.html
SOME OTHER INTERVIEWS/ARTICLES: http://www.disabled-world.com/disability/publications/royalties.php, http://www.ccdiobr.org/index.php/news/80-news1.html, http://americareads.blogspot.com/2009/06/what-is-ron-riekki-reading.html, http://thefirstbook.wordpress.com/2008/10/20/ron-riekki-up/, http://aands.virginia.edu/x11405.xml, http://juliabuckley.blogspot.com/2009/11/writer-ron-riekkis-dream-interview.html, http://perpetualfolly.blogspot.com/2009/08/guest-blogger-ron-riekki.html, http://emprisereview.com/2010/interview/new-interview-ron-riekki/, http://www.yoopersteez.com/blog/interivews/up-a-novel-by-ron-riekki/, http://hellnotes.com/r-a-riekki-a-quick-interview, http://www.metalexpressradio.com/menu.php?main=news&id=12968, http://www.literaryescapism.com/4930/guest-author-r-a-riekki, http://wordswimmer.blogspot.com/2009/12/beach-talk-with-r-riekki.html, http://insertbooktitle.blogspot.com/2009/08/author-interview-ra-riekki.html,
ALL SAINTS' DAY REVIEWS: http://newcitystage.com/2010/09/14/review-all-saintï¿½s-dayruckus-theater/ (Time Out Chicago--Recommended; NewCity Chicago--Highly Recommended; Windy City Times--Recommended; Chicago Theater Blog--Highly Recommended)
POEMS PUBLISHED (2012): "Writing" in Artichoke Haircut: An Arts and Literary Magazine; "Wine Country" in Whirlwind Review, http://writingthewhirlwind.net/riekki.html; "The Upper Peninsula Talks to Lower Michigan in a Bar in Wisconsin," Verse Wisconsin (Best of the Net nominated); "This is a Poem about Having Sexual Intercourse with Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney," "Sex with Santorum," "Sex with Obama," and "Holding Hands with Hillary," Verse Wisconsin, http://www.versewisconsin.org/Issue110/poems/riekki.html; "I Don't Want the Women Who Want Me," Glint Literary Journal; "Chatham" and "Daggett," Michigan State University's The OffBeat; "Seven, I Knew Lightning," Lake Superior State University's Border Crossing; "We Went to the Museum of Fine Arts," Edison Literary Review; "After They Leave" in WSU Press anthology; "Dominos," Clockhouse Review; "The Upper Peninsula Talks to Lower Michigan in a Bar in Wisconsin" in the online version, Verse Wisconsin and "My Dad Tries to Be Kind to Me After My Suicide Attempt" in the print version, Verse Wisconsin; "Walking, Old," The Toronto Quarterly; "I Took a Course in Buddhism," Boyne Berries Magazine (Ireland); "I Like When My Car Breaks Down," "The Reason I'm Not a Motivational Speaker," "When Mark's Girlfriend Found Out," "The Only Time My Sister was Ever Suicidal was When She was Having Major Financial Problems and so They Put Her in a Psych Ward on a Friday and," & "My Uncle Paul Calls from Baltimore to Tell Me about His Dreams (A Found Poem)," Salit Magazine
POEMS PUBLISHED (2011): audio poetry "And I Still Want This," "Uncle Paul," "A List of Famous Mustaches" and "Shooting" in Verse Wisconsin, http://versewisconsin.org/Issue106/prose106/riekki_wrzesinski.html; "William S. Burroughs' Voice" in Brittle Star, http://www.brittlestar.org.uk/; "Hext, Texas, Right Now" in Country Music, http://www.countrymusicpoetry.org/index.php?pr=Ron_Riekki_1; "Now" and "Looking at a Photo of Thich Nhat Hanh in the South of France" in Buddhist Poetry Review, http://www.buddhistpoetryreview.com/search/label/R.%20Riekki; "Her First Name Began with J and She Would Hate This Poem Even More Than She Hates Me" in St. Sebastian Review, http://www.stsebastianreview.com/SSR_Vol1_Iss1.pdf; "Amy Lynn Hess" & "Andrea K. Devenney" in Jones Av; "Marilyn Manson Talks About Lewis Carroll" in Rogues & Scholars, http://www.scholarsandrogues.com/2011/04/11/sr-poetry-marilyn-manson-talks-about-lewis-carroll-by-ron-riekki/;"Ontology: I Was Talking with a Student Who Went to Auburn University" republished in Out of Our; "Myocardial" in 491 Magazine, http://www.491magazine.com; "Haunted Hayride, Griffith Park, Dusk, 2010," "On the Night She Broke Up with Me," & "Baraga Maximum Security Correctional Facility" in Wilderness House Literary Review, http://www.whlreview.com/no-5.4/poetry/RonRiekki.pdf; "I Lived in a Mausoleum Once" & "And I Knew She Wouldn't Let Me Otherwise" in The Whistling Fire, http://whistlingfire.com/; "Country Road 492" in Temenos Journal, http://temenosjournal.com/archive/fall2010/poetry/r_a_riekki.html
POEMS PUBLISHED (2010, abbreviated list): "I See Ghosts" in Message in a Bottle, http://www.messageinabottlepoetrymagazine.com/ron-riekki.php; "My Little Brother" in Christian Science Monitor, http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Poetry/2010/0902/My-Little-Brother; "Villanelle: Aghast" in Tilt-A-Whirl, http://www.katebenedict.com/Tilt-a-Whirl/villanelle/VillanelleAghast.html; "In Florida We Don't Get Many Hypothermic Patients" and "Wondering Where My Ex- Is" in Talon Magazine; "I Once Got a Grant to Go to Prague" in Asphodel Madness http://asphodelmadness.blogspot.com/2010/07/i-once-got-grant-to-go-to-prague.html; "When I Taught Poetry in Prison" in Otoliths http://the-otolith.blogspot.com/2010/07/r-riekki-when-i-taught-poetry-in-prison.html; "I Wish My Wife Was Sylvia Plath," "Matthew 7:22," "The Paramedic Tells Us His Favorite Stories," "'i don't like the fact that the drank himself to death,'" and "Non-" in ditch, http://www.ditchpoetry.com/rariekki.htm; "The List of Famous Mustaches," "At a Party I Asked Martha, Greg, Julie, Kendrah, Steve, and Jason to Name a Famous Poet and They Said," "I Wrote This Poem While Listening to Richard Hell's 2009 Interview at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne on Youtube," & "Working for Nine Dollars an Hour at a Haunted Hayride" in Salit Magazine http://www.heathritch.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/salit_magazine_volume_three_issue_one.pdf. Featured poet in an issue of Salit Magazine, asked to nominate a poet to be featured for a future issue of Salit and nominated Amy Lynn Hess (MFA, Naropa, 2006). "And Let God" in DMQ Review, http://www.dmqreview.com/Summer10/index2.html; "Leesburg, Florida, 2005" in Six Little Things, http://www.sixbrickspress.com/issue_20/page03.html; "I Need to Write This Prose Poem to Get a Job Teaching Creative Writing at a University--If This Poem Does Not Get Published, Then I Will have to Stay Living with My Parents in their Spare Room with the Algae Green Carpet and Hovering Pendulum of Abstinence" in The Prose-Poem Project, http://www.prose-poems.com/; "I Write Poems" and "We Collapse on a Basketball Court" in Hudson View; "Maybe, in Our Own Way, We Were Both Morons" and "The Taxi Driver in Singapore" in Verse Wisconsin, http://www.versewisconsin.org/Issue104/poems104/riekki.html; "Ontology: I was Talking to a Student Who Went to Auburn University" and "I Might Get in Trouble for Writing This Poem" in Pemmican, http://www.pemmicanpress.com/thePoems.html; "He was Hypoglycemic" in Gutter Eloquence Magazine; "He Shot His Hand Off" & "We Started Off with 24 Paramedic Students in my Class" in H.O.D.; "True Story," "Ants Keep Biting Me," & "She Would Like If I Wrote a Poem about Her" in Carcinogenic Poetry, http://carcinogenicpoetry.blogspot.com/; "Why Is It That All the Republicans I Know" in Toasted Cheese Literary Journal (selected as Editor's Pick), http://tclj.toasted-cheese.com/2010/10-4/riekki.htm; translation of Alfred Garneau's "Devant la grille du cimetiere" in Lucid Rhythms, http://www.lucidrhythms.com/2010-2/Riekki_Ron.htm & Languageandculture.net, http://www.languageandculture.net/poem_riekki.html; "Ann Beattie," "Kendrah McKay," & "Everybody, Open Up Your Hymn Books" in Melusine, http://www.melusine21cent.com/mag/node/215; "If Spiro Agnew had a Grandson who was a Male Stripper during the Second Bush Administration, He Would Say This to the Girl at the Party Standing by the Candles" in The Fossil Record, http://www.thefossil.com/vol4no36.htm; "She Doesn't Want to Go to the Hospital" in Haggard & Halloo.
AUDIO POEMS: "I See Ghosts" (audio by Dan Wrzesinski), http://www.indabamusic.com/asset/show/1288235; "The List of Famous Mustaches," http://www.indabamusic.com/asset/show/1288233; "The Reason I'm Not a Motivational Speaker," http://www.indabamusic.com/asset/show/1288233; audio poetry "And I Still Want This," "Uncle Paul," "A List of Famous Mustaches" and "Shooting" in Verse Wisconsin, http://versewisconsin.org/Issue106/prose106/riekki_wrzesinski.html;
FICTION AND NON-FICTION PUBLISHED (2012): "Heroes" in Moonshot Magazine (nominated for a Pushcart Prize), http://moonshotmagazine.org/ron-riekki-heroes; "Towards It" and "I Got a Writing Residency," Sleipnir; "From Now On I'll Just Tell Them to Read This and Then I Don't Have to Say It Anymore," "I Saw God Once," & "When My Cousin Gets Drunk" in Inch Magazine; "And I Believe There is a Wrong Decision" in Michigan State University's The OffBeat; "We Tried to Sacrifice Ed to the Devil" in WSU Press anthology
FICTION AND NON-FICTION PUBLISHED (2011): "Just to Piss Her Off" in Illogical Muse, http://illogicalmuse.blogspot.com/2010/12/just-to-piss-her-off-by-ra-riekki.html; "Fiction" in PANK Magazine, http://www.pankmagazine.com/pankblog/this-modern-writer/this-modern-writer-fiction-by-ron-riekki/; "But Be Honest, the Qur'an is a Piece of" in BluePrintReview, http://www.blueprintreview.de/
FICTION PUBLISHED (2010): "Fontanel" in Prick of the Spindle at http://www.prickofthespindle.com/fiction/4.2/riekki/fontanel.htm; "30 Foxtrot" in The Smoking Poet at http://www.thesmokingpoet.net/id5.html; "Write a Book" in The Citron Review at https://thecitronreview.wordpress.com/2010/09/14/write-a-book/
PLAY PERFORMANCES (2012): Dandelion Cottage at Lake Superior Theater in Marquette, Michigan, http://www.lakesuperiortheatre.com/; How to Kill Yourself with a Gun and a Bottle of Pills at Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jun 15 (reading), http://www.a2ct.org/files/participate/audition.htm
PLAY PERFORMANCES (2011): Carol at Stageworks/Hudson in New York, http://www.stageworkshudson.org/, for their Play by Play Annual Festival of New One-Acts with this year's theme of Shadows, http://www.berkshirebrightfocus.com/stageworkshudson2011/playbyplayshadows.html (Best Ten Minute Plays 2012 selected)
PLAY PERFORMANCES (2010): All Saints' Day at Ruckus Theater/The Side Project Theater in Chicago, Sep. 2-26, 2010, starring Elizabeth Bagby, Kevin Crispin, and Matthew Humphrey, directed by Brian Ruby -- http://dailyfixtv.net/2010/09/04/all-saints-day-review-ruckus-theater-chicago/. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=147068098653935