Businessman, computer programmer, and information technology manager, post-secondary instructor, poet, photographer, and publisher.  Born– August 12, 1940, Long Island, NY.  Parents– Ralph Chester and Madeline Siebert Beyer.   Married– Carolyn Kracke. Children– Two. Education– NY State College of Forestry at Syracuse, Florence State College, Employed- National Floor Products, Florence, Alabama, 1962-1968; Reynolds Metals Company, Listerhill, AL, 1968-69; National Floor Products, Florence, AL, 1969-96; Federal Express Corporation, Memphis, TN, 1997-2002.  Published over a hundred poems in over fifty poetry journals and literary magazines. Editor, Cotton Boll/ Atlanta Review; Negative Capability; Elk River Review. Founding president, Alabama State Poetry Society, 1968-1970; Treasurer and president of the Alabama State Poetry Society; President,  Alabama Writers Conclave, 1979-1980; Vice President of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, 1970-72.  Received the President’s Award from the Alabama State Poetry Society, 1974; Poet of the Year Award from the Alabama State Poetry Society, 1978; Poetry Book of the Year Award for SCROD I, Alabama State Poetry Society, 1984; Special Appreciation Award from the Alabama State Poetry Society, 1998, on the Society’s 30th Anniversary; “The flower you planted bloomed.”


Personalities of the South, 1972.; Who’s Who in Poetry, 1972-73; Richard Beyer.


The Homely Muse; Selected Poems, 1962-1972. Florence, Ala.; Pinpoint Press, 1973.

Profit and Loss, The Pseudo Press, Tuscumbia, AL, 1995.

Joint Publications;

Alabama Poets, A Contemporary Anthology.  Livingston University Press, Livingston, AL, 1990.

Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry, 1981.  Beverly Hills, CA:  Monitor Book Company.

Life on the Line; Selections on Words and Healing.  Mobile; Negative Capability Press, 1992.

SCROD I.  Florence, AL:  The Pauper’s Press, 1984.

Whatever Remembers Us.  Mobile:  Negative Capability Press, 2007.