Richard Terrill

Professor Terrill teaches creative nonfiction and poetry writing in the Master of Fine Arts program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he is a Distinguished Faculty Scholar. His books include 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 onf a Journey Back to Jazz and Saturday Night in Baoding: A China Memoir, winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for nonfiction.  He has held Fulbright professorships in China and Korea, in addition to Poland.  He works as a jazz saxophone player.


My experience in Lublin was a positive one. At UMCS I worked with the best students I’ve had anywhere in the world – bright, conscientious, well read.  My accomodations were comfortable, and the city and campus setting are very pleasant.  My wife and I hope to return some day.  Thanks to UMCS!