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Born in Marquette, R.A. Riekki has studied writing at Central Michigan, Brandeis, Virginia, and Western Michigan. U.P. was nominated by John Casey for the Sewanee Writers' Series. Two producers are attached to turn U.P. into a film based off his screenplay. Riekki's screenplay Good Behavior is in-development with Three in One Films with Chris Kramer (two-time Leo Award nominee) scheduled to direct. His plays have been performed in seven states. He has published numerous fiction and poems and has been nominated for two Illinois Press Awards for journalism.
U.P. has been on Ghost Road's top ten bestseller list for the last 46 weeks. The book is available online on various sites--amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, borders.com, etc. and various bricks and mortar bookstores around the country.