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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David Radavich  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: October 30, 1949 in Boston Massachusetts

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Illinois Connection

David was a professor of English at Eastern Illinois University and lived in Charleston, Illinois. In 2009 he retired and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, though he still maintains some ties to Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Radavich is a poet, playwright and teacher. Since the mid-1980's, he has been a professor of English at Eastern Illinois University.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Slain Species: A Selection of Poems
ISBN: 090601025X

Court Poetry Press. 1980

Poetry lovers will appreciate Radavich's range of elegiac contemplation in this haunting collection, comprised of both formal and free verse and drawing on his experiences from living in Aberdeen, Scotland and traveling on the Continent. The cover design is by James Hall Johnson, Dundee. Selected poems include: One fish is dead

the tide, breaking

web and warrior

proud stalks: that August stirs

the red moon on the heath



Carruth Memorial Poetry Competition Prizes, University of Kansas, 1973, 1974, 1976

3rd Prize, Kansas Quarterly Poetry Contest, 1974

Listing in International Who's Who in Poetry (Cambridge, England), 1976 and ff.

1st Prize, Tell-Tale Poetry Competition (Bolton, England), 1978

1st Prize and Special Prize, International Competition for Rhymed Verse (Coventry, England),1982

Listing in Poets and Writers' Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, 1983 and ff.

3rd Prize, SuccessPoetry Competition (Peterborough, England), 1983

Consolation Prize, Phoenix International Poems for Peace Competition (Barcelona, Spain), 1984

Finalist, Alabama Press Poetry Series Competition, 1984

Inclusion in Die weiten Horizone: amerikanische Lyrik 1638 bis 1980 (Cologne, Germany), 1984

Listing in Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, and Poets, First Edition, 1986-87 and ff.

3rd Prize, Willow Review Poetry Competition, 1987

Finalist, Carnegie-Mellon University Press Poetry Manuscript Competition, 1988

Finalist, Poetpourri Poetry Competition, 1988

Prizewiner, Goodman Awards Poetry Competition, 1989

Featured Poet, The Rolling Coulter , Spring 1990

Inclusion in American Poets Special Issue, Orbis (UK), 1992

Designation as Illinois Distinguished Author, 1995

Placement on Illinois Authors Map, 1995

Honorable Mention, Northwoods Journal Poetry Contest, 1996

Inclusion in Century: 100 Major Poets, Orbis (UK), 1996

Semi-finalist, New Issues Poetry Prize, for Life-Cycles, 1997

Listing in Outstanding Writers of the Twentieth Century, summer 2000

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