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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Richard Terrill

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Distinguished Faculty - Richard Terrill

Richard Terrill Biography
College of Arts and Humanities, Minnesota State University, Mankato

terrillRichard Terrill is a professor of English, and the recipient of a Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award and Grant in 2010, joining the ranks of only fifteen others through the years. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wisconsin and Minnesota State Arts Boards, the Jerome Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre for the Arts in Ireland. 

He has held Fulbright fellowships in China, Korea, and Poland. He has served as a Nonfiction Mentor at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and taught for the Chautauqua Writers’ Center in New York. 

Richard received a B.A. cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in English, an M.A. from the University of Michigan in American Culture and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.

Richard is the author of two collections of poems, Almost Dark and Coming Late to Rachmaninoff, winner of the Minnesota Book Award; as well as two books of creative nonfiction, Fakebook: Improvisations on a Journey Back to Jazz and Saturday Night in Baoding: A China Memoir, winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for nonfiction. He has also published a children’s book, Duke Ellington, chapbooks and numerous works of creative nonfiction and poetry.

Richard Terrill is an accomplished jazz saxophone player, and currently works with the Larry McDonough Quartet. His most recent project defines the intersection of creative writing and jazz performance with a new jazz CD, Solitude (with his longtime musical collaborator, pianist Larry McDonough) which features Terrill reading two of his poems to jazz accompaniment, along with his lyrics to two of McDonough’s original compositions. 

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Coming Late to Rachmaninoff
Almost Dark


Creative Nonfiction
Fakebook: Improvisations on a Journey
Back to Jazz
Saturday Night in Baoding



Solitude: Poetry in Jazz
Simple Gifts