Scott Holstad

Poet

623 Main St
McSherrystown, PA 17344-1810
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Author's Bio

I've had a successful writing & publishing career, but I've also done many other things due to excessive diverse interests. You can find some of that info out on my LinkedIn page & my website so I'll try to stick to the written.  I am the author/editor of roughly 28+ print books (one nominated for a Pulitzer). Most are poetry, but others include academic/scholarly research (on Google Scholar), nonfiction, technology, science/medical textbooks, reference books & more. This probably reflects my wide ranging interests, as did my career (I'm now retired). Some fields I worked in included academia, engineering, tech writing, publishing, counseling, political consulting, East Asian history & analysis, quantum physics, contingency planning, neuroscience & more. I've also been fortunate enough to meet some of my (literary) "heroes" & I'm proud of my collection of books autographed to me by little known authors up to world famous authors. Among my most treasured times/books are the times I spent in San Pedro at Buk's place & the books & t-shirts he autographed for me, of getting to have long talks up in North Beach with Ferlinghetti with topics ranging from the San Francisco Renaissance period to socialist poetry, years spent with Gerry Locklin drinking, doing readings, getting published together, him being a sort of mentor to me, & valued friendships (& also autographed books) with Diane di Prima, Robert Polito, Anne Rice, Lyn Lifshin, Gerald Stern, Marilyn Kallet, Vint Cerf, Allen Ginsberg, Edward Field & William Burroughs (while he was living in Kansas), among others.  I try to stay active as a member of some 40 professional organizations (a member of the Authors Guild for nearly 30 years) & I stay busy as a member of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence & Security Studies (RUSI), an Arendt Scholar with the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics & Humanities, & a Research Scientist with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). In 2020, I moved for at least the 32nd time, from Chattanooga to the Gettysburg PA area. I'm married to a wonderful woman named Gretchen & we have a cat named Ace. I'll list some credits here, but more comprehensive info may be found on the Select Publications page of my website (https://hankrules2011.com/scott-c-holsta...), as well as Goodreads, LinkedIn, etc. (If anyone is interested in any of my Identifiers, 20+ are listed on my Wikidata profile (https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q101075855), including my WorldCat Identities ID & ORCID ID.)

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing (Pearson Longman, 2016)
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The Southern poetry anthology. Volume VI, Tennessee (Texas Review Press, 2013)
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The Long Way Home: The Best of the Little Red Book Series — 1998-2008 (Lummox Press, 2009)
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In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself, Vol. 6 (MW Enterprises, 2005)
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Scream When You Burn: A Pound of Sacred Flesh from the Lap of Coffee Culture (Incommunicado Press, 1998)
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Speaking Our Truth (Harper Collins, 1995)
Books:
Cells (Publish America, 2004)
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Artifacts (Sick Puppy, 2002)
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Shadows Before the Maiming (Gothic Press, 1999)
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Shrapnel (Budget Press, 1999)
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Hang Gliding on X (Lummox Press, 1999)
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The Napalmed Soul (Chiron Review Press, 1999)
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Places (SterlingHouse Publisher, Inc., 1995)
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Distant Visions, Again and Again (Poet Tree, 1994)
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Street Poems (Mulberry Press, 1990)
Journals:
96 Inc.
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Asheville Poetry Review
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Atom Mind
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Black Bear Review
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Blank Gun Silencer
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Bouillabaisse
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Caffeine
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Can We Have Our Ball Back
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Catharsis
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Chaminade Literary Review
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Circle Magazine
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Clutch
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Cokefish
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Dream Forge
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Dream International Quarterly
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Exquisite Corpse
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Flipside
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Fox Cry Review
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Imago
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Impetus
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Kiosk
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Long Shot
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Lucid Moon
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Mattoid
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Midnight Zoo
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Mind in Motion
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Minnesota Review
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Morpo Review
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My Favorite Bullet
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New Kent Quarterly
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Nexus
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Nihilistic Review
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Open Wide Magazine
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Pacific Coast Journal
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Palo Alto Review
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Pearl Magazine
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Poetry Ireland Review
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Poetry Nottingham
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Processed World
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Ray's Road Review
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Red Booth Review
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Red Cedar Review
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Red Dancefloor
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Red River Review
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San Fernando Poetry Journal
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Short Fuse
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Southern Ocean Review
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StickYourNeckOut
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Suisun Valley Review
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Tears in the Fence
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Textual Studies in Canada
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The Awakenings Review
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The Plastic Tower
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Thunder Sandwich
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Timber Creek Review
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Transcendent Visions
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Venice West Review
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Wicked Mystic
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Wormwood Review

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Bukowski, Ferlinghetti, G Locklin, PK Dick, Feynman, Ed Field, Camus, R Dawkins, Burroughs, Hitchens, Sartre, H Arendt, Kafka, T Pratchett, K Rexroth, T Paine
What I'm reading now: 
Critical Epistemologies of Global Politics by Marc Woons, Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson, Reflections on the Posthuman in International Relations: The Anthropocene, Security and Ecology by Clara Eroukhmanoff, The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War by Andrew J. Bacevich, The Scientific Attitude: Defending Science from Denial, Fraud, and Pseudoscience by Lee McIntyre, Through Two Doors at Once: The Elegant Experiment That Captures the Enigma of Our Quantum Reality by Anil Ananthaswamy, The Homestead Called Damascus by Kenneth Rexroth

More Information

Gives readings: 
No
Travels for readings: 
No
Identifies as: 
Norwegian American
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Beverly, MA
Massachusetts
Raised in: 
Knoxville, TN
Tennessee
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Last update: Oct 03, 2021