Publishings by R A Riekki

U.P.

            UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Nov 14, 7pm, Livermore Civic Center Library, Livermore, CA, Poets Laureate on Social Justice event (with a focus on environmental social justice), with:

--Debee Loyd, Modesto Poet Laureate 2000-2004

--Juanita J. Martin, Fairfield Poet Laureate 2010-2012

--Cynthia Patton, Livermore Poet Laureate 2017-present

--Amy Glynn, Orinda and Lafayette Poet Laureate 2018-present

--Lois Requist, Benicia Poet Laureate 2012-2014

--and host Ron Riekki, co-editor of Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

 

Nov 16, 1pm, Belmont Library, San Mateo County Libraries, Belmont, CA, with:

--Caroline Goodwin, San Mateo County Poet Laureate 2014-2016

--Lisa Rosenburg

--Jacki Rigoni

--Tanu Wakefield

--John Farais, Indigenous Edibles chef

--and Ron Riekki, author of My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting in Extinction

 

Nov 17, 4pm, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA, Poets Laureate on Social Justice event, with:

--Aileen Cassinetto, San Mateo County Poet Laureate 2019-present

--D.L. Lang, Vallejo Poet Laureate 2017-2019

--Juanita J. Martin, Fairfield Poet Laureate 2010-2012

--Cynthia Patton, Livermore Poet Laureate 2017-present

--Lois Requist, Benicia Poet Laureate 2012-2014

--and host Ron Riekki, co-editor of Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

 

Nov 24, 4pm, Alibi Bookstore, Vallejo, CA, Poets Laureate on Social Justice event, with:

--Caroline Goodwin, San Mateo County Poet Laureate 2014-2016

--Iris Jamahl Dunkle, Sonoma County Poet Laureate 2017-2018

--Jeremy Benson, Napa Valley County Poet Laureate 2017-2019

--Juanita J. Martin, Fairfield Poet Laureate 2010-2012

--Rob Lipton, Richmond Poet Laureate 2017-2019

--and host Ron Riekki

 

Dec 9, 6:30pm, John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo, CA, Poets Laureate on Social Justice event, with:

--D.L. Lang, Vallejo Poet Laureate 2017-2019

--Juanita J. Martin, Fairfield Poet Laureate 2010-2012

--Rob Lipton, Richmond Poet Laureate 2017-2019

--Allegra Silberstein, Davis Poet Laureate 2010-2012

--Lois Requist, Benicia Poet Laureate 2012-2014

--and host Ron Riekki, co-editor of Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

 

Dec 11, 6pm, Adobe Books, San Francisco, CA, Poets Laureate on Social Justice event, with:

--D.L. Lang, Vallejo Poet Laureate 2017-2019

--Rob Lipton, Richmond Poet Laureate 2017-2019

--Cynthia Bryant, Pleasanton Poet Laureate 2005-2007 and 2011-2013

--Amy Glynn, Orinda and Lafayette Poet Laureate 2018-present

--Sarah Kobrinsky, Emeryville Poet Laureate 2013-2015

--and host Ron Riekki, co-editor of Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

 

Dec 12, 6pm, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA, Poets Laureate on Social Justice event, with:

--Caroline Goodwin, San Mateo County Poet Laureate 2014-2016

--D.L. Lang, Vallejo Poet Laureate 2017-2019

--Juanita J. Martin, Fairfield Poet Laureate 2010-2012

--Dani Gabriel, El Cerrito Poet Laureate 2018-present

--Sarah Kobrinsky, Emeryville Poet Laureate 2013-2015

--host: Ron Riekki, co-editor of Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice

 


   7 UPCOMING BOOKS BY RON RIEKKI:

untitled Stephen King It project, 2019, McFarland, non-fiction, anthology

untitled Great Lakes project, 2020, Wayne State University Press, non-fiction/fiction/poetry, anthology, co-edited with Yassir Morsi and Layla Abdullah-Poulos

untitled horror project, McFarland, 2020, non-fiction, anthology

i have been warned not to write about this: poetry, date TBA, Main Street Rag Publishing Company, poetry

second untitled horror project, McFarland, 2020, non-fiction, anthology, co-edited with Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr.

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

untitled Great Lakes project, date TBA, Michigan State University Press, non-fiction/fiction/poetry, anthology, co-edited with April Lindala

  8 PREVIOUS BOOKS:

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."