Edward J. Rielly
Edward J. RiellyProfessor of English/Director of Writing and Publishing, English/Writing and Publishing Departments
PhD, University of Notre Dame
MA, University of Notre Dame
BA, Loras College

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Alfond Hall 445 | 207-893-7930 | erielly@sjcme.edu

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.


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)

The Sister Fidelma Mysteries: Essays on the Historical Novels of Peter Tremayne (McFarland, 2012).

Legends of American Indian Resistance (ABC-CLIO, 2011).

To Sadie at 18 Months and Other Poems (Moon Pie Press, 2011).

Murder 101: Essays on Teaching Detective Fiction (McFarland, 2009).

Football: An 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”

Pedogogical Methods

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.

In the News

Portland Press Herald article on Ed RiellyPortland Press Herald runs article about the three generation of Rielly writers. Read the article.