Richard Gartee     Award Winning Novelist

Literary Award Winner

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Richard Gartee—available for readings or as a speaker

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Recently Published Poems

Ann Arbor Review:
International Journal of Poetry

Publishing since 1967 – as ezine since 2004

Read my published poems in issues from 2015 onward on the AAR poetry page of this site, or on the AAR website.

For me the secret to being an author is to “just do the work.” I make it a point to put in time on my writing every day.

Never was that more true than during the pandemic. Dutifully following COVID-19 “stay-at-home” orders for two years proved super-productive for my writing. I published a new novel in May 2020, Ragtime Dudes Meet a Paris Flapper. Another new novel, Ragtime Dudes at the World’s Fair, was released in 2021. I also completed a new novel, Atlantis Dying, published in 2022. Whew!

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Since then, I’ve been heads-down finishing a large format hardcover book on the fifty year history of Gainesville’s iconic Hippodrome Theatre that has just been published.

The Hippodrome Theatre First Fifty Years is my twenty-seventh full-length book to be published. Click on the cover or visit to learn more.



I chose creative writing as a profession right out of college, but after being a broke poet for a decade, I entered a 20-year career directing the design of medical software and helped produce two of the preeminent practice management and electronic health records systems. Along the way I became an expert in the field and wrote two college textbooks. One became a national bestseller. I left the software company, became a full-time author, and wrote six more textbooks. Four of those became bestsellers.

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Between textbooks, I turned my attention back to creative writing. I began working on stage plays and then my first published novel, Lancelot’s Grail. Since, I have written five more novels and a biography. Two of the novels won literary awards. Atlantis Dying is my sixth novel, and a seventh novel is underway.

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I was writing poetry even before college and have had nearly 300 poems published in literary journals and chapbooks; plus five volumes of my collected poems. Currently, I am a regular contributor to Ann Arbor Review: International Journal of Poetry (AAR.) Poems published in recent issues can be read on the AAR poetry page of this site, or on the AAR website.

How did I go from poetry to computer programming, from textbooks to novels? For me balancing the left-brain / right-brain is not that difficult. I find all of it a swim in the creative flow.

Upcoming Events

Meet me at the following events:

  • September 21  4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Meet author, buy books, & have them signed

    at the GNV market at Heartwood.

    Heartwood Soundstage
    619 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL

  • January 27, 2024  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Meet author, buy books, & have them signed

    at the Sunshine State Book Festival.

    Hilton UF Conference Center
    1714 SW 34th St., Gainesville, FL

at Hippodrome

Author previewing book at the Hippodrome 50th Anniversary event

Videos of Readings

Videos from author readings and discussions about my books may be found on the book’s detail pages. The list below provides quick access to those videos.


Three-part video of author reading from Ragtime Dudes in a Thin Place at the Millhopper Library in Gainesville, FL. Watch now...


Author reading from Ragtime Dudes Meet a Paris Flapper via Zoom from Gainesville, FL. Watch now...

Skating on Skim Ice

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Video of author at library reading reveals the story behind the book title. Watch now...

More Videos

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Author discussing Hippodrome’s influence on downtown Gainesville at the Matheson Museum. Watch now...

Ilene Silverman show

Author on the Ilene Silverman Show discussing The Hippodrome First Fifty Years. Watch now...


Author at the Sunshine State Book Festival; includes a reading from Ragtime Dudes Meet a Paris Flapper. Watch now...

Current Projects

Atlantis Obsession – new novelella
A graduate student signs up to drill water wells in the Sahara, but he really hopes to find evidence of Atlantis there.

Orgone Gizmo – new novel
They call him Gizmo because he can fix most anything, even an Orgone accumulator.

Lancelot’s Arthur – new nonfiction
Following the trail of places in Britain the historical figure King Arthur lived, fought, and died, we encounter some interesting people and theories along the journey.

What I've Recently Read and Reviewed

Like most authors, I enjoy reading as well as writing. My interests span a variety of genres. I belong to a local book club through which I've read books I would not have discovered otherwise. I am also a member of Goodreads, and you can follow me there. Here are covers of the last forty books I've read. Note: clicking any of these sends you to my review of the book on the Goodreads site. Use your browser back button to return to this page.