poet, fiction author, literary editor, publisher, teacher, mentor

Books by Richard Peabody

audio chapbook


The Richard Peabody Reader 

“A “Reader” is a book featuring more than one form of writing by a single author — poetry and prose in this case. I’d read some of Peabody’s fiction in previous books; and was happy to see our favorite Peabody poems are here; but, the exultant and unexpected pleasures are finding each piece takes on a significance not seen before when read singly……” Read more at The Washington Independent Review of Books 

“His skin was pale, his hair was dark and all over the place, and he was wearing Doc Martens. He was just the embodiment of cool,” a former student said after meeting writer and editor Richard Peabody. In a milieu populated by poseurs and wannabes, Peabody’s bohemian cool was the real thing, a hard-earned byproduct of four decades at the epicenter of the underground Washington literary scene….” Read more at The Washington Post

Blue Suburban Skies

““One does not love a place less for having suffered in it.” — Jane Austen

This simple preface to Richard Peabody’s latest set of stories, Blue Suburban Skies, is an apt starting point for the collection, set in, around or deliberately away from suburbia in the U.S.A. Rife with hip references to great rock and rollers, painterly sketches of mountain vistas, and telling insights into the seven ages of man, the tales run in length from a few paragraphs to a few chapters, and swing as widely in mood, narrative style, voice and plot complexity. Yet, despite the broad reach, the hand on the pen is assured, and the craft is unmistakable….”
Read more at The Washington Independent Review of Books 

Blue Suburban Skies was the Pick of the Week through Xmas at Politics & Prose bookstore in DC

“I finally met Richard Peabody in person at AWP 2014 and he was one of the most interesting people I’ve ever had the privilege to meet. While I’ve enjoyed the anthologies he’s written as well as the epics that constitute the prestigious lit magazine, Gargoyle, Blue Suburban Skies was the first collection by him I read and it was a great read. Three stories really stood out for me…..” Read more at The Whimsy of Creation: The Blog of Tieryas

Broadkill Review (vol. 6, issue 6) – Reviewer Scott Whitaker calls the work a “… tight collection of satire, masculine existential crises, and strong females popping with sexual energy …” and (as) “entertaining as it is serious.” 

Awards and recognition

Richard received the 2013 Above and Beyond Award from Beyond the Margins for his ongoing generosity to other writers and his important contributions to the world of literature

Richard was invited to judge the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story contest.

Richard spoke at the 2014 Gaithersburg Book Festival

Speed Enforced by Aircraft – Nominated for the National Book Award!


Richard joined Rose Solari in a reading of their works on February 28, 2013, at the One More Page independent bookshop in Arlington, VA. Peabody read from his acclaimed latest short-story collection, Blue Suburban Skies. Solari read from her new novel, A Secret Woman. Click to view pictures

Richard Peabody, publisher of Gargoyle literary magazine, participated in a joint reading with Rose Solari at Washington, DC’s Politics and Prose bookstore on November 17, 2012. 

The State of the Industry: Trends in Publishing

Gregg Wilhelm (Publisher, CityLit Press) will moderate a panel with industry experts to discuss what is (and isn’t) changing in the contemporary publishing scene. Joining the discussion are Dallas Hudgens (Founder, Relegation Books; author of WAKE UP, WE’RE HERE), Richard Peabody (Paycock Press; Gargoyle Magazine), and Paula Whyman (Founding Editor of Scoundrel Time; author of YOU MAY SEE A STRANGER).

Interviews with/Coverage of Richard Peabody

TCR Literary Journals Series: Gargoyle –  The Committee Room took a look at Gargoyle, “the venerable yet always up to date literary journal based in the Washington, DC area”

Book experts weigh in on the publishing industry’s revolution – Richard is among the experts featured in a Washington Post look at the changing world of publishing.

INTERVIEW: MR. BLUE SKIES – Jen Michalski’s jmmw blog features an interview with Richard Peabody, publisher of Gargoyle literary magazine and her nominee for “one of the hardest working writers and editors in the business.” Richard talks about his new collection of short stories with Rosalia Scalia

Fictionaut Five: Richard Peabody Insights into the writing process, publishing fiction, mentors, online publishing and more

Dave Housley reacts to works by Gargoyle‘s Richard Peabody

Washington Post: Main Character: Richard Peabody has devoted his life to Washington’s writers. At what cost?  “a lovely and long-overdue profile of (Gargoyle publisher) Richard Peabody, who does so much and then some to tirelessly promote, publicize and shape Washington writers and writing.”

Paul Bowles: Collected Stories & Later Writings – A letter to Richard is quoted in the intro to the Library of America collection of Paul Bowles’s short stories

Nationals return poet to his youth By Erik Brady, USA TODAY

Richard  is included in the new (2014) Washington Independent Review of Books: A Sampler.



Redux Journal:#26: “Astro City” by Richard Peabody 

Connotation Press – Fiction

in Wilderness House Literary Review #6/4 – “Peppermint Schnapps,”

Potion Magazine – Use as Needed

Write This – pas de deux

Barcelona Review –  Essence of Mitchum

Edited by Richard Peabody

Gargoyle Magazine –  (1976–ongoing)

Defying Gravity: More and More Fiction by Washington Area Women, 2013

Amazing Graces: Yet Another Collection of Fiction by Washington Area Women, 2012

Gravity Dancers: Even More Fiction by Washington Area Women, 2009

Stress City: A Big Book of Fiction by 51 DC Area Guys, 2009

Electric Grace: Still More Fiction by Washington Area Women, 2008

Kiss the Sky: Fiction & Poetry Starring Jimi Hendrix, 2007

Enhanced Gravity: More Fiction by Washington Area Women, 2006

Sex & Chocolate: Tasty Morsels for Mind and Body, (w/Lucinda Ebersole) 2006

Alice Redux: New Stories of Alice, Lewis, and Wonderland, 2005

Conversations with Gore Vidal (Literary Conversations Series) (w/Lucinda Ebersole), 2005, University of Mississippi

Grace and Gravity: Fiction by Washington Area Women, 2004

A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation, 1997

Mondo James Dean (w/Lucinda Ebersole), 1996

Coming to Terms: A Literary Response to Abortion (w/Lucinda Ebersole), 1995

Loose Change by Tina Fulker, 1995

Mondo Marilyn (w/Lucinda Ebersole), 1995

Mondo Elvis (w/Lucinda Ebersole), 1994

Mondo Barbie (w/Lucinda Ebersole), 1993

Mavericks: nine independent publishers, 1983

D.C. Magazines: A Literary Retrospective, 1982