Dr. Richard Pierce, associate professor of English at Waynesburg University, was recently published in the 20th anniversary issue of Windhover, a literary journal published by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Pierce’s poem, “Let Fire Come Down,” is a prayer poem in which the speaker fervently asks God to change his heart, to make him feel better, and to love and serve Him and others.
“Anytime someone publishes your work or asks you to give a public reading, it is a good feeling,” said Pierce. “So much of a writer’s life is spent behind the scenes – or rather in front of the page or a computer screen – it is nice to feel appreciated and to meet other writers and readers.”
Pierce was also invited to lead a public reading of his poetry at the February 2015 Windhover Writers’ Festival in Belton, Texas, in which his participation is seen as a benefit to his creative writing students at Waynesburg.
“It can help me keep them abreast of contemporary Christian literary writers they should study,” said Pierce.
Pierce holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree from Ohio University and the University of Illinois and a doctorate in creative writing and literature from Texas Tech University.
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