Curt Eriksen

Poet, Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

Curt Eriksen was born in Kansas, but spent half of his life in Europe. His novel set in the Serengeti—A Place of Timeless Harmony— was selected by the editors of Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Indie Debut Novels of 2018. It also won the 2016 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize and was a finalist in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Curt’s short fiction, novel extracts, poetry and political and literary commentary have appeared in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, India and Spain, in numerous print and online journals, including Blackbird, Rosebud and Writer’s Digest. He is actively searching for an agent to represent other completed works of fiction. Curt is an accomplished martial artist and certified instructor of both Taiji Quan and the Russian martial art of Samozashchita Bez Oruzhiya, as well as a salsa dance and music enthusiast and practitioner. He holds an MA in Economics from the University of Maryland and an MFA from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Curt lives between the Sierra de Gredos, in western Spain, and Boston.

Publications & Prizes


A Place of Timeless Harmony (Texas Review Press, 2017)
Anemone Sidecar
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Blue Crow Magazine
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Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine
Four and Twenty
Johnny America
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Oklahoma Review
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The Ranfurly Review


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Blood Lotus
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Canopic Jar
Curbside Splendor
Foliate Oak
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Harvests of New Millennium
Hinchas de Poesia
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Oak Bend Review
Orbis: An International Quarterly Of Prose And Fiction
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Radiant Turnstile
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The Ampersand Review
The Citron Review
Prizes won: 

Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018 (Best Indie Debut Novels of 2018)

Finalist 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

2016 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize

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European American
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Manhattan, KS
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Carbondale, IL
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Last update: Nov 15, 2022