I was born in Philadelphia the year after the Phillies blew the pennant.
I write plays. About alchemy (Burn Your Bookes). Mash-ups of glam rock and classical Greece and Rome (Nero/Pseudo). Journalism and the security state (OBE - Overcome by Events). A collision of art, exile, and politics in 1939 (Three Suitcases). You can read more about those works in the Plays section.
I write essays and reviews for publications including Time, The Nation, BookForum, New York Press, The Guardian, and the Washington Post. You can see some of that work on my Essays page.
If you found this page because of my career as a music reviewer, you're in luck. There is a selection of my music writings (including liner notes for records by R.E.M. and Uncle Tupelo) under Music.
I work as a journalist and editor. Check out the CV section for a succinct accounting of those activities.
Over the past two decades, I have specialized in Higher Education. Click that link to see my work in that arena.
My blog is Balkans via Bohemia. Find that here.
If you want to produce or publish my plays, or hire me to write/edit for your publication or project, please get in touch via my Contacts page.
Thanks for visiting!
Richard Byrne photo (top right) by Teresa Castracane.