David Radavich

Author and Teacher

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A Poem for June


Check out Magic Again: Selected Poems on Thomas Wolfe!

Edited by David Radavich & David Strange.


My latest book, The Countries We Live In, is getting good response. 

These poems explore the inner and outer geographies of our lives.

Copies are available directly from the publisher or from other outlets


Countries Cover






Full-Length Comedies

ON THE VERGE: A Cycle of Plays for Our Time

A sequence of seven plays on contemporary social issues.

One-Act and Short Plays



AMERICA BOUND: An Epic for Our Time

A narrative of our national history as told by everyday Americans.

BY THE WAY: Poems over the Years

CANONICALS: Love's Hours

A chapbook exploring the times and seasons of love.

The Christmas Poems

Poems selected each year by Anne for Christmas.


         Poems about the inner and outer geographies of our lives.

GREATEST HITS: 1978-2000

A chapbook of popular Radavich poems.


Poems about a troubled yet enchanting part of our world.

SLAIN SPECIES: A Selection of Poems

          Early poems from Europe.

Prizes and Honors







A Brief Bio

David Radavich is a poet, playwright, and essayist.  Among his poetry volumes are Slain Species (Court Poetry, London, 1980), By the Way: Poems over the Years (Buttonwood, 1998), and Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2000).   Individual works have appeared widely in journals and anthologies.  His plays have been performed across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway, and in EuropeAmerica Bound: An Epic for Our Time (Plain View, 2007) narrates U.S. history from World War II to the present through the eyes of everyday Americans, while Canonicals (Finishing Line, 2009) investigates "love's hours." Middle-East Mezze (Plain View, 2011) focuses on a troubled yet enchanting part of our world.  His newest personal new collection, The Countries We Live In (Main Street Rag, 2014), explores our inner and outer geographies.  Magic Again: Selected Poems on Thomas Wolfe, co-edited with David Strange, will be published in spring 2016.

Radavich has written scholarly and informal essays on poetry and drama and has performed in such far-flung locations as Canada, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, and Iceland.  Among his honors are being selected as the 2009 Distinguished Professor at Eastern Illinois University and being inducted into the University Professionals of Illinois Wall of Fame (2010).  In 2012 he was awarded the MidAmerica Award for his contributions to Midwestern literature and scholarship and the Zelda and Paul Gitlin Literary Prize for best essay on Thomas Wolfe.  He received the Paul and Zelda Gitlin Literary Prize for best essay on Thomas Wolfe again in 2014.  Among a number of leadership positions, he has served as president of the Thomas Wolfe Society, Charlotte Writers’ Club, and North Carolina Poetry Society.