Since 2007, Richard Harteis has worked as the president of the William Meredith Foundation, a 501.c3 organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of the late US Poet Laureate and his partner of 36 years. Mr. Harteis served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia, worked as a physician assistant in North Africa and Asia and spent a Fulbright year as writer-in-residence at the American University in Bulgaria. For his work in the culture, he was accorded Bulgarian citizenship by decree of the President and Parliament in 1996.Mr. Harteis has taught literature and creative writing at a number of institutions over the years including The Catholic University of America, Creighton University, Mt. Vernon College, and Connecticut College. For two years he directed the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project and created the NPR radio program The Sound of Writingserving as writer/director and host. He has received honors and awards for his work including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the D.C. Commission on the Arts, and the Ford Foundation.
He is the author of ten books of poetry and prose most recently the novel, Sapphire Dawn, a new and selected poems, Provence, and a memoir first published by W.W. Norton in 1989 entitled Marathon to critical acclaim (and re-issued through: http://www.Vivisphere.com.)
In 2008 he produced a 35 mm, 90-minute adaptation of Marathon (www.marathonthemovie.com) which won Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography in the 2009 New York International Film Festival as well as the Bronze Palm at the 2010 Mexico International Film Festival. He is currently working with colleagues on a new film project, Comes Love,which is set in New York and Hollywood between the great wars.
He lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and Uncasville, Connecticut where his home, “Riverrun,” was added to the Connecticut Registry of Historic Places in 2007 and now serves as the William Center for the Arts.