Writing Resume

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  • Washington DC 20011
  • Richard at Cytowic dot net

Honors and Awards:

  • Artist Fellowship Award, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanaties, 2015
  • Montaigne Medal, Eric Hoffer Book Awards   2011
  • Pulitzer Prize Nomination 1982
    • “The Long Ordeal of James Brady,” NY Times Magazine Cover Story
  • Irwin Brody Award for History of Neuroscience: Duke Medical Center
    • “Aphasia in Maurice Ravel” 1978
  • Alumnus of the Year, Hun School of Princeton   2007
  • Who’s Who in the World 1988–present
  • Who’s Who in America 1990-present


  • American University, MFA in Creative Writing, with merit  2011
  • George Washington University, neurology 1980–1981
  • University of London, Queen Square 1976
  • Wake Forest, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, MD 1973–1977
  • Duke University, BA Chemistry, cum laude 1970-1973

Artist Colonies:

  • Southampton Writers Conference scholarships, 2009–2011, with Emily Mann (playwriting), Roger Rosenblatt (personal essay), and Matthew Klam (nonfiction).
  • Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, 2009 Artist Colony stipend.
  • Six–time Fellow, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA, 1991–2013
  • Three–time Fellow, Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, Rabun Gap, GA, 1987–1989



  • MIT Essential Knowledge series, Synesthesia 2016
  • Oxford Handbook of Synesthesia, 2014
  • Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia (with David Eagleman), Foreword by Dmitri Nabokov, 2009, MIT Press
  • Synesthesia: A Union of The Senses, 2nd edition. MIT Press, 2002 (1st edition: Springer–Verlag, 1989)
  • The Neurological Side of Neuropsychology, MIT Press, 1996
  • The Man Who Tasted Shapes, Tarcher/Putnam 1993 (Four foreign translations, Book–of–the–Month Club science selection.)
  • Nerve Block For Common Pain, Springer Verlag, 1990
  • Chapters in various handbooks, compendiums, and encyclopedias


  • TED–Ed lessons:
    • What Percentage of your Brain do You Use?
    • What Color is Tuesday? Exploring Synesthesia
    • Why Wavelengths Have Nothing to do With How We See Color
  • Contributing editor, Washingtonian Magazine
  • Los Angeles Review of Books May 2013, The Night I Danced With Liberace
  • Column at Psychology Today: The Fallible Mind
  • Staff reviewer at The New York Journal of Books
  • Book reviews in New Scientist and The Washington Post
  • Seed Magazine. “Many Minds, One Story,” How Virginia Woolf’s Bipolar Illness Affected her Creativity
  • Nonfiction in The Southampton Review, Encyclopedia Britannica, Sky Magazine, and Sidney Australia’s Café Interview
  • The Love Doctor columns on relationships and romance, Metro Weekly Magazine, Washington, DC (1996–1997)
  • Music Critic, Winston–Salem Sentinel (1979–1980)

Lectures & Media:

  • The Library of Congress, Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, MIT’s Media Lab, NASA’s Engineering Colloquium, The Fragrance Foundation (Tokyo), and TED-Ed lessons.
  • More than sixty media appearances include:
    • Good Morning America
    • 60 Minutes
    • Primetime
    • National Geographic Channel
    • NPR shows: “All Things Considered”, “From the Top”, “The Splendid Table”, “Weekend Edition” and “To the Best of Our Knowledge”, “Spark”, “Here and Now.”
    • CNN
    • BBC television and radio, including the “Horizons” documentaries Orange Sherbet Kisses and Derek Tastes of Earwax
    • Fox News
    • Newsweek

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