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Richard Wiley (1944-  )
Nevada Writers Hall of Fame 2005

Photo: Richard Wiley Richard Wiley was born in Fresno, California, and grew up in Tacoma, Washington. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound and obtained a Master of Arts degree at Sophia University in Tokyo, later studying in the prestigious Iowa Writer's Workshop and receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing-fiction from the University of Iowa. From 1967-69, he served in Korea as a Peace Corps volunteer. In the mid-1980s, he was the bilingual coordinator for the Tacoma Public Schools and later the executive director of the Association of International Schools of Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. He has also lived in Japan and Nigeria. He has been a creative writing professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas since 1989. His World War II novel, Soldiers in Hiding, resulted in his becoming the first novelist to receive the Pen/Faulkner Award for Best American Fiction (1987). In 1999, he was awarded the Maria Thomas Fiction Award for Ahmed's Revenge by the Peace Corps Writers. His new novel, Commodore Perry's Minstrel Show, is scheduled for publication in 2006. Wiley co-founded the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with Douglas Unger. He also co-founded the International Institute of Modern Letters, headquartered at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and is its director of publications. He serves on the Executive Board of the North American Network of Cities of Asylum, which provides refuge for persecuted writers.

Bibliography for Richard Wiley

Novels & Stories:

Ahmed's Revenge. New York: Random House, 1998. [Available: Knowledge Center: PS 3573 .I433 A74 1998]

Festival for Three Thousand Maidens. New York: Dutton, 1991. [Available: Knowledge Center: PS 3573 .I433 F45 1991]

Fools' Gold. New York: Knopf, 1988. [Available: Knowledge Center: PS 3573 .I433 F6 1988]

Indigo. New York: Dutton, 1992. [Available: Knowledge Center: PS 3573 .I433 I5 1992]

"Murphy and Miss Lee." Story Quarterly (1977) Vol. 5/6; pp. 5-16, 135. [Available: Knowledge Center: Special Collections]

"Retreat," in Kennedy, Geraldine, ed. From the Center of the Earth: Stories Out of the Peace Corps. Santa Monica, CA: Clover Park Press, 1991; pp. 60-73. [Available: Knowledge Center: HC 60.5 .F76 1991]

Soldiers in Hiding. New York: Plume, 1991. [Available: Knowledge Center: PS 3573 .I433 S65 1991]

"Soldiers in Hiding (excerpt)" in The River Underground: An Anthology of Nevada Fiction. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2001. [Available: Knowledge Center: PS 571 .N3 R58 2001; Great Basin College, Elko, NV; and WNC-Carson City]

"A Wagonload of Enlightenment (excerpt from Fools' Gold)." New York Times Book Review (Nov. 6, 1988) p. BR24. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

Nonfiction:

"Jumping Into the Rainbow," in Coyne, John, ed.. Going Up Country: Travel Essays by Peace Corps Writers. New York: Scribner, 1994; pp. 33-56. [Available: Knowledge Center: HC 60.5 .G64 1994]

"Letter to the Editor." New York Times Book Review (May 18, 1986) p. BR43. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

"Married for His Maid?" (review of Singular Rebellion). New York Times Book Review (Sept. 7, 1986) p. BR14. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

"The Real Bookies" Las Vegas Life magazine. (March 2001)

"Seoul Food." Las Vegas Life magazine. (February 2001)

Biographical Sources & Critical Response:

"And Bear in Mind (Editors' choices of other recent books of particular interest)." New York Times Book Review (Feb. 16, 1986) p. BR30. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

Basbanes, Nicholas A. "Fiction (review of Indigo)." New York Times (Oct. 4, 1992) p. 345. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

Bernays, Anne. "Too Cold for Funerals (review of Fools' Gold)." New York Times Book Review (Nov. 6, 1988) p. BR24. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

Biederman, Marcia. "A Prize but Not Always a Path." New York Times (July 19, 1998) p. CY9. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

"Books for Vacation Reading." New York Times Book Review (June 1, 1986) p. BR39. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

Cobb, William J. "Smuggler's Child (review of Ahmed's Revenge)." New York Times Book Review (Oct. 4, 1998) p. BR28. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

Coyne, John. "Robert Rosenberg: an interview."

Fein, Esther B. "Book Notes." New York Times (March 4, 1992) p. C21. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

Fein, Esther B. "Book Notes." New York Times (Dec. 16, 1992) p. C24. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

"Festival for Three Thousand Maidens (ad)." New York Times (March 3, 1991) p. 397. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

Gabriel, Trip. "From Vice to Nice: The Suburbanization of Las Vegas." New York Times (Dec. 1, 1991) p. SM68. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

Johnson, George. "New & Noteworthy." New York Times (March 3, 1991) p. 403. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher. "Books of The Times (review of Soldiers in Hiding; photograph)." New York Times (Feb. 3, 1986) p. C26. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

Leithauser, Brad. "Whose Side Are You On, Teddy Maki? (review of Soldiers in Hiding)." New York Times Book Review (Feb. 9, 1986) p. BR13. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

Mitgang, Herbert. "Chance Encounter Led to World War II Novel." New York Times (Feb. 18, 1986) p. C17. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

Molyneux, Michael. "Meeting the Narrator in a Bar (photograph)." New York Times Book Review (Feb. 9, 1986) p. BR13. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

Shapiro, Michael. "A Misfit in Korea (review of Festival for Three Thousand Maidens). New York Times Book Review (Feb. 10, 1991) p. BR25. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

"Soldiers in Hiding (ad)." New York Times Book Review (Feb. 9, 1986) p. BR30. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

"The Spoken Word." New York Times (May 20, 1994) p. C22. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

"200 Notable Books of the Year." New York Times Book Review (Dec. 7, 1986) p. BR52. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

"2005 Nevada Hall of Fame honors Wiley and Barber." University of Nevada, Reno Friends of the Library Newsletter. (Fall 2005), p. 1.

Weeks, Cate. "Literary Ambitions." UNLV Magazine (Spring 2003) Vol. 11, no. 1.

"Wiley's 'Soldiers' Wins PEN/Faulkner Award." New York Times (May 4, 1987) p. C17. [Available: Knowledge Center, Reference Microforms: Microfilm N5; and online via New York Times (Historical Newspapers) for UNR-affiliated patrons, only]

Wylie, J. J. "Interview with Richard Wiley." pif magazine (October 2000).

Please direct questions about this bibliography to Betty Glass.