Dr. Richard Downing is an author and creative writing professor at PHSC. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his PhD from the University of South Florida. He never attended Florida State University.


Richard has published a novel, The Waking Rooms, and two poetry chapbooks, Four Steps Off the Path and My God.  He has won the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Barbara Mandigo Poetry Contest, the Omnibus First Place Prize for Poetry, the Write Corner Press Editor’s Award, New Delta Review’s Matt Clark Poetry Prize, New Woman magazine’s Grand Prize for Fiction and Solstice Literary Magazine’s Editor’s Award for Short Fiction.


Richard has also received poetry and short story awards from the Boston Review, Juked, Yellow Jacket Press and the Firewheel Press. Over 80 of his poems and short stories have appeared in various literary journals and anthologies.


He is the co-founder of Save Our Nature Coast, an environmental group meant to do just what its name implies, and the Florida Peace Action Network, a group dedicated to peace and social justice issues.

Professor Downing's presentation "Poems of Peace: From Bill Cosby and Polar Bears to Walmart and War" will be held at the Spring Hill Campus on Thursday, September 27 at 2:10 pm in Building B.