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David L. Riordan

Faculty - English




(414) 410-4816


BH Bonaventure Hall 2120


Box 98


David Riordan has been a faculty member at Cardinal Stritch University since 1998. He earned an M.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from McNeese State University, where he studied with Pulitzer Prize winning writers Robert Olen Butler and Adam Johnson. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to his 25 years of teaching experience, David has worked as a bookseller for the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops in Milwaukee and as a script analyst in Los Angeles. He teaches undergraduate writing and literature courses, with a special interest in creative writing, film studies, and comics studies. He has published short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in multiple literary journals and magazines. 


  • B.A., Univ Of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A., Mc Neese State University
  • M.F.A., Mc Neese State University


Creative Writing, Contemporary Fiction, Film Studies, Comics Studies, Screenwriting

Why Stritch?

"Stritch changes lives. Over the years, I’ve seen it happen over and over again. There is a passage in the University’s vision statement that says it all for me: “…inspired by the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi and the heritage of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, Cardinal Stritch University is an academic community called to transform individuals to ‘approve the better things’ as they discover their purpose in life.” Stritch is home to a rich and diverse community of students, staff, faculty, and alumni, yet all are guided by the same Franciscan values: reverencing creation, showing compassion, making peace, and creating community. It’s the power of these values, and the community that embodies them, that makes Stritch the special, transformative place that it is."

- David L. Riordan