Richard Louth is a Professor of English at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he has taught for 42 years, and is founding Director of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project. Louth received his B.A. from Brown University, where he studied under R.V. Cassill and John Hawkes, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
At Southeastern Louisiana University, Louth has taught creative writing, creative nonfiction, literature, and technical writing. He has received a Distinguished Professorship, Southeastern’s first College of Arts and Sciences’ Award for Teaching Excellence, its first award for Excellence in Teaching Honors, and the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Louth received the 2017 “Light Up for Literacy” award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
Louth founded the “New Orleans Writing Marathon” in 1993 and edited The Writing Marathon: In Good Company Revealed (Lulu.com, 2011). He has led over 100 Writing Marathons from New Orleans to Baltimore and San Francisco and is a regular leader of Writing Marathons at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. In 2019, he edited a collection of 50 NOWM writers in Louisiana Literature’s “Special Writing Marathon Issue.”
His creative publications include stories, poetry, and nonfiction in publications such as Louisiana Literature and Country Roads Magazine.