Richard J Tilley:

Writer, Researcher, Poet


My master’s thesis at Johns Hopkins dealt with social justice in the Hebrew Bible from a feminist perspective. I expanded the project to a full book. While centered on Hebrew scriptures and teachings, the project incorporates feminist theology towards an arc of social justice that is communal and collective.

I am currently working on several projects. I also have a difficult, yet holistic, project dealing with personal history and trauma. Additionally, I am working on a critical look at violence with a focus on society overcoming violence. I have long and slowly been accumulating material for a work on the intersection of feminist theory and space and place. I experiment with poetry and published a collection of poems, After Marriage: Poems In and Out of Disunion. I also experiment with fiction have an atypical science fiction novel in the works. I wrote a psychological science fiction children’s story on the importance of accepting death for those of you with kids, Where Did My Goldfish Go? The Story of Jana and Jeffry.

I am highly interested in the fight for human rights in Myanmar/Burma. I have closely followed developments for close to fifteen years. From 2006 to 2007 I co-operated and cofounded a project that collected books across the U.S. for teaching centers at refugee posts throughout Southeast Asia.

My interests are not limited to poetry, feminist theory, and space and place. I also have an adorable pet rabbit that takes up a great deal of my time. I am a current or former member of Jews For Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ), the African American Intellectual History Society, the International Brecht Society, the Social History Society, the Labor and Working Class History Association, and the Langston Hughes Society.