Richard Shain Cohen of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, is originally from Boston. He retired from the University of Maine at Presque Isle after serving as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of English. He holds BS, MA, and PhD degrees.
His publications include Healing After Dark (2011), The Forgotten Longfellow: Man in the Shadows (2010), Only God Can Make a Tree, poetry by him and his brother, Alfred Robert Cohen; and the novels Monday: End of the Week; Be Still, My Soul; Petal on a Black Bough; and Our Seas of Fear and Love (2013).
He served as editor of the journal Husson Review and was principal participant in a National Endowment for the Arts grant for Images of Aroostook, which was exhibited throughout Maine. He also wrote chapters for Aroostook: Land of Promise, academic reviews, other articles, and—with the help of a Shell Grant—a monograph on Samuel Richardson that can be found in major library holdings.