Paul Richardson is a photographer, author, and marketing consultant.
A graduate of Central College (Pella, IA), Richardson received an MA (Political Science) and Russian Area Studies Certificate from Indiana University, Bloomington. In 1989 and 1990, he ran one of the first successful Soviet-Western joint ventures, a publishing company based in Moscow.
He founded StoryWorkz in 1990, and, over the past three decades, the company has published some of the finest writing in English on Russia. Two of the company’s books (Moscow and Muscovites, and The Little Golden Calf) won the prestigious AATSEEL award for the year’s best translation from Russian into English. Richardson is himself the author or co-author of over a dozen books, most recently Resilience; Driving Down Russia's Spine; and The Spine of Russia.
In 2008, Storyworkz made a strategic pivot to focus on using its three decades of experience in publishing and online marketing to help companies and organizations tell their stories with greater impact and engagement. Clients range from large nonprofits and arts festivals to small- and mid-sized companies.
Richardson lives in Vermont with his wife of 36 years, Stephanie Ratmeyer. They have two grown children.