According to Edward Rielly, “A lifelong interest in writing led me to
create the Writing and Publishing major. The program builds on writing courses
that I have taught for years and leads students into the world of publishing
(and often their first publishing credits). Both teaching and writing give me
great personal satisfaction.” Professor Rielly has been a member of the English
Department since 1978, and is a former dean of the distance education at Saint
Joseph’s College. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, gardening (with a special interest in hostas and a collection of approximately 200 different varieties of hostas), and writing.
In the News
Portland Press Herald runs article about the three generation of Rielly writers.
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Modern Language Association
Popular Culture Association
American Culture Association
Haiku Society of America
Tanka Society of America
Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance
Answers Instead: A Life in Haiku (2015)
Jugo Meets a Poet (children's picture book, 2015)
Spring Rain/Winter Snow (picture book, 2014)
Bread Pudding and Other Memories: A Boyhood on the Farm(memoir, 2014)
Fidelma Mysteries: Essays on the Historical Novels of Peter Tremayne (McFarland,
American Indian Resistance (ABC-CLIO, 2011).
To Sadie at 18
Months and Other Poems (Moon Pie Press, 2011).
Essays on Teaching Detective Fiction (McFarland, 2009).
Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2009).
Sitting Bull: A
Biography (Greenwood, 2007).
Recipient of The Mildred Kanterman Memorial Award’s First Place - The Haiku Society of America named his collection of haiku poems—“Answers Instead: A Life in Haiku”
Each course is different, so professor Rielly makes use of many approaches to create a successful learning environment in his writing, literature, and linguistics courses, including small-group critiques, films, role-playing, service-learning, classroom discussions, lecture, in-class writing, many types
of writing assignments, various research projects, etc. There is never a "one size fits all" approach.
Excursions/Trips with Students or for Academic Research
He has delivered dozens of papers at conferences all over the United States and abroad. The benefits have been many: meeting other teachers and scholars, receiving inspiration from academic exchanges, testing material for future books, and experiencing many wonderful places. Membership in professional societies also bears continuing fruit,
especially through professional interaction, the exchange of ideas, and publishing opportunities. Some of his books have grown out of what began as casual discussions with colleagues he has met through these types of professional contacts.