Publishings by R A Riekki



untitled American horror film project, McFarland, 2022, non-fiction, anthology

untitled American film director project, 2022, Edinburgh University Press, ReFocus: The American Directors Series, non-fiction, anthology, co-edited with Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.


Blood Not Blood Then the Gates: poetry, Middle West Press, October 2022, poetry

The Many Lives of The Twilight Zone: Essays on the Television and Film Franchise, McFarland, October 2022, non-fiction, anthology, co-edited with Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

The Many Lives of Scary Clowns: Essays on Pennywise, Twisty, the Joker, Krusty and More, McFarland, May 2022, non-fiction, anthology (shortlist for Diagram Prize)

i have been warned not to write about this: poetry, Grandma Moses Press, May 2021, poetry

Niiji: a collection of poetry, July 2020, Taj Mahal Review/Cyberwit, co-written with Sally Brunk, poetry

The Many Lives of It: Essays on the Stephen King Horror Franchise, April 2020, McFarland, non-fiction

My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting in Extinction: Saami-American Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Poetry, October 2019, Loyola University Maryland's Apprentice House Press, non-fiction/fiction/poetry

The Many Lives of The Evil Dead: Essays on the Cult Film Franchise, March 2019, McFarland, anthology, co-edited with Jeff Sartain

Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice, March 2019, Michigan State University Press, anthology, co-edited

Posttraumatic: a memoir--essays & flash non-fiction on the military, prison, iggy pop, the devil, & writing, March 2019, Hoot n Waddle, non-fiction

And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017, August 2017, Michigan State University Press, anthology

Here: Women Writing on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, May 2015, Michigan State University Press, anthology (winner of Independent Publisher Book Award; also finalist for Next Generation Indie Book Award)

The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works, May 2013, Wayne State University Press, anthology (winner of Michigan Notable Book; also finalist for Midwest Book Award, Next Generation Indie Book Award, Foreword Book of the Year Award, and Eric Hoffer Book Award)

U.P.: a novel, November 2008, Ghost Road Press, novel (nominated for the Great Michigan Read)

Don De Grazia, author of American Skin, whose film rights sold to Eminem, says of U.P., "An exciting new voice.In the tradition of The WanderersTrainspotting and other wild rides through male adolescence, R.A. Riekkiís U.P. gives us an in-the-round look at a tight knit group of 'Yoopers.' Riekki tells their tale with uncompromised honesty and genuine artistry.Ē

Jeff Pilson, member of Dokken and Dio, says, "
Heavy metal and the disenfranchised, partners in crime since the genre first scared the world some years ago. And itís in just such a place as Michiganís Upper Peninsula where these two meet and become survival soul mates of the first order. U.P. really is the story of the lost American youth, told with an expertise that only one who lived through it could provide. I know, Iíve been there, having grown up in small towns only to eventually make my living staring at those reflective disenfranchised faces every night. But the remarkable thing you see is that the goal is the same. Find what is real, escape the living prison, and create freedom and individuality, which is honest as well as strong. The trick is in surviving the struggle."