Richard Goodman

Assistant Professor (Nonfiction)

Richard GoodmanContact

Phone: 504-280-7135



Education Background:
M.F.A., Spalding University, 2009

Area of Specialty: Nonfiction

Richard Goodman grew up in Virginia and Michigan. He lived in New York City for thirty years. In New York, he taught at Queens College and at Pace University while writing four books. He conducted writing workshops around the city and in various venues around the country.  He has given readings of his work in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Alaska, Florida, Virginia--where he lectured at Monticello--Alabama, North and South Carolina as well as in New York City. He spent a year as an Associate Editor at Random House. In addition, he worked for three years as a landscape gardener in Manhattan about which he wrote in various national publications. He spent a year living in the South of France in a small wine-making village, and out of this experience came his first book. He taught creative nonfiction for nine years at Spalding University's low residency MFA in writing program in Louisville, Kentucky.

Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Gardenin the South of France. The San Francisco Chronicle called French Dirt "one of the most charming, perceptive and subtle books ever written about the French by an American."

He is also the author of The Soul of Creative Writing. The poet and biographer Molly Peacock wrote, "Richard Goodman's marvelous book, The Soul of Creative Writing, will instruct, delight, edify, challenge, reassure, and guide any student of writing to a personal best. The Soul of Creative Writing is a wonderbook of meditative instruction. Goodman's sympathy for the writer's dilemma, the warmth of his urging, the brightness of his enthusiasm all remind us that courage lies inside encouragement."

Richard is also the author of A New York Memoir, about which the novelist Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue, wrote, "So much more than an engaging memoir of New York, this is a heart laid bare. One can learn much from this man who feels tender toward cobblestones and old women, nostalgic about a daughter's childhood, frightened at the prospect of dying alone-a rare individual who, with honesty, sensuousness, and keen observation, turns yearning and remembrance into art."

Richard's most recent book, The Bicycle Diaries: One New Yorker's Journey Through 9-11, was published in a fine press, limited edition form, with original color wood engravings by the esteemed artist Gaylord Schanilec. The New York Times said that "it has the weight of a small thing done with great care to honor a huge loss."

Richard has also written articles and essays for Harvard Review, The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Ascent, Commonweal, Michigan Quarterly Review, Vanity Fair, French Review, River Teeth and The Writer's Chronicle.

For ten years, Richard taught creative writing to the blind and visually impaired in New York City at Visions on West 23rd Street.

You can read a sampling of Richard Goodman's published works in Scholarworks.