Richard Holeton is a writer, occasional education consultant, and Assistant Vice Provost for Learning Environments, Emeritus, at Stanford University, following a 30-year career as an educator, academic technology leader, and fiction writer.
Previously he served as Senior Director of Learning Environments, Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and Director of Academic Computing Services. He's taught writing at Cañada College, San Francisco State University, and Stanford, where he was a lecturer for 12 years in the English Department and writing program, helping pioneer digital and networked pedagogies and the design of technology-rich learning spaces.
His creative work includes the critically-recognized, cult classic hypertext novel "Figurski at Findhorn on Acid" (Eastgate Systems 2001; Electronic Literature Lab 2021), other widely exhibited electronic literature, award-winning short stories, and experimental poetry. Holeton has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, Dora Maar House, the California Arts Council, and the Henfield Foundation.
His scholarship includes articles, book chapters, and innovative college textbooks such as "Composing Cyberspace: Identity, Community, and Knowledge in the Electronic Age" (McGraw-Hill). Co-creator of the widely-used Learning Space Rating System, he served six years as co-leader of the EDUCAUSE Learning Space Design Community Group and four years on the Board of Directors for the NMC (New Media Consortium).
Holeton studied at Stanford University (BA with Distinction) and San Francisco State University (MA, Honors; MFA). He lives on the San Mateo County coast on unceded ancestral land of the Ramaytush Ohlone community near Half Moon Bay, California.
Figurski at Findhorn on Acid
My "cult classic" 2001 hypertext novel was republished in a 20th Anniversary archival and contemporary version for the modern web by the Electronic Literature Lab at Washington State University, with new critical introductions by scholars Michael Tratner and Dene Grigar, and accompanied by Re-Imagined Radio's radio play adaptation of the novel. See figurskiatfindhornonacid.com .
The Learning Space Rating System, v. 3.0 (EDUCAUSE)2021
Lumber World: A Novel (The Brautigan Library)2019
Lumber World: The Rejection File (The Brautigan Library)2019
The Learning Space Rating System, v. 2.02017
The Learning Space Rating System, v. 1.02013
Composing Cyberspace: Identity, Community, and Knowledge in the Electronic Age (McGraw-Hill)1998
Encountering Cultures: Reading and Writing in a Changing World 2/e (Blair Press/Prentice Hall)1995
Encountering Cultures: Reading and Writing in a Changing World 1/e (Blair Press/Prentice Hall)1992
Awards and Recognition
- National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, 2012
- MacDowell Fellow, 2014
- Dora Maar House Fellow, 2015
- California Arts Council Fiction Fellow, 1989
- Transatlantic Review Award, Henfield Foundation, 1986