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For EdwardRielly, growing up on a farm in Wisconsin and attending a oneroom schoolhouseare more than life experiences. They are continual sources of inspiration forhis poems, articles, essays, short stories and books.

A professorof English at Saint Joseph’s College since 1978, Dr. Rielly has been expressinghimself on the printed page for as long as he can remember. “I really like towrite. It has always been a part of who I am,” says the author of approximately22 books to date. “And while I enjoy the process, it never gets easier.”

Riellywrites about topics of personal interest, many of which mirror courses that heteaches at the college. “As a child, I watched Westerns on television and thatled to an interest in the real history of the West. I wrote a biography of SittingBull that was published in 2007, and in June Legends of American IndianResistance will be published,” he explains. “My course in baseballliterature has inspired essays, poems, and an encyclopedia. This fall, I’llteach a new course on detective fiction. I edited a collection of essays onteaching that subject back in 2009 and have a book proposal being considered.”

Unlike someauthors, Rielly doesn’t write every day. During the academic year, he reservesThursdays for his own writing. Summers, he generally writes weekday morningsand does research in the afternoon. Poetry is written “in smaller bits. I mayget inspired to write a poem while reading in the evening.”

Asked toname authors who have influenced him, Rielly cites Ernest Hemingway and F. ScottFitzgerald. He also credits Father Raymond Roseliep, his undergraduate creativewriting teacher at Loras College in Iowa, with encouraging him to writeOriental poetry; specifically, haiku and haibun, a combination of haiku andprose. Rielly won national prizes for his haibun in 2004 and 2009.

What bookdoes he consider to be the best ever written in English? “I can’t name justone, but I’ll tell you my favorites – Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby andJonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels,” he says.

His currentprojects include a Western novel, a memoir of his childhood years, and footballarticles for an essay collection. He’d like to write a book on Westerns thatcould be used as a textbook or perhaps a book on a television series like“Gunsmoke.” His poetry writings are ongoing.

“I’m neverat a loss for ideas, but finding the time is the biggest challenge, especiallywhen you’re teaching full time,” he says. “But I’m very organized and have areal ability to focus and concentrate and get a lot done in a short space oftime. I don’t believe in writer’s block.”

Riellyoffers this advice to aspiring writers: “Read and write a lot and don’t getdiscouraged. I can remember when everything I was sending out was rejected. Youhave to keep at it.”

Books by Dr.Edward Rielly

Legends ofAmerican Indian Resistance
(forthcoming from ABC-CLIO)

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

Football: AnEncyclopedia of Popular Culture
(Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2009)

SittingBull: A Biography
(Greenwood Press, 2007)

Old WhitmanLoved Baseball and Other Baseball Poems 
(Moon Pie Press, 2007)

Baseball inthe Classroom: Essays on Teaching the National Pastime
(McFarland & Company, 2006)

F. ScottFitzgerald: A Biography
(Greenwood Press, 2005)

Ways ofLooking: Poems of the Farm
(Moon Pie Press, 2005)

Baseball: AnEncyclopedia of Popular Culture
(paperback ed., Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2005)

A Fine, SafeJourney
(poetry; Pudding House, 2003)

Baseball andAmerican Culture: Across the Diamond 
(Haworth Press, 2003)

The 1960s
(Greenwood Press, 2003)

Baseball: AnEncyclopedia of Popular Culture
(ABC-CLIO, 2000)

AbandonedFarmhouse and Other Haiku
(Press Here, 2000)

How SkyHolds the Sun
(poetry, AHA [online], 1998)

AnniversaryHaiku
(Brooks Books, 1997)

MyStruggling Soil
(poetry; Plowman Press, 1994)

Approachesto Teaching Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels
(MLA, l988)

The Breakingof Glass Horses and Other Poems
(Great Elm, l988)

The Furrow’sEdge
(poetry chapbook; Juniper, l987)

FamilyPortrait
(poetry chapbook; Advance, l987)

Rain Falling Quietly
(poetry chapbook; Wind Chimes, l985)