Scott Holstad

Poet

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

Too many diverse interests. Too much education. (In addition to the MFA from Queens listed on this profile, I also have degrees and certificates and an alumnus of the University of Tennessee, California State University Long Beach, UCLA, U of Michigan as well as some postgrad research at other institutions.) Lifelong wanderlust and a desire to learn something about everything. Former poetry editor for Ray’s Road Review for six years. Author/editor of about 35+ print books (before the current digital self-publishing trend, back when agents were required), although I’m no longer sure anyone actually knows the number because aside from the books published under my name and aside from the various anthologies I’ve appeared in and aside from the various textbooks I’ve had chapters in, written and edited, and aside from the books I’ve been contracted to co-author for others or even for major companies’ non-commericial uses and aside from the books I’ve ghostwritten and aside from the books I’ve edited and/or published and aside from… Well, you get the picture I guess. It’s somewhere between 35-50 most likely. And thousands of individual works published in hundreds/thousands of print journals in over 35 countries & at least 19 languages, as well as online globally via web-based publications now (so I guess it does no good to count specific countries anymore). 

I'm married to a wonderful wife and we have one cat. We're living near Gettysburg, but pondering what would probably be my 35th move. Our last move (not long ago) was a disaster, so I've just recently been getting around to opening dozens of huge long sealed boxes full of books, contributor copies, letters, postcards, zines, ancient uncashed royalty checks, fan mail, reviews I don't remember while not finding the ones I do -- and I'm having to translate reviews of my books from Finnish, German and Chinese into English! I've also discovered bits and pieces of contracts, manuscripts, and evidence of books I literally don't recall putting together some 25-30 years ago, some of which apparently exist as I've found a few mentioned via WorldCat, etc. It's been a surreal experience, but sort of like a time capsule, which I always thought would be cool. 

More of my current writing has lately centered around essays, commentary, papers, etc., on issues like cultural commentary, domestic policy, geopolitical analysis, East Asia, PTSD, neuroscience and various historical topics. 

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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Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Pearson Longman, 2002)
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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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AIM Magazine
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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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Circle Magazine
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Clutch
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Cokefish
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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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Green's Magazine
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Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal
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Home Planet News
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Houston's Propaganda
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Imago
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Impetus
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Journal of Sister Moon
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Kiosk
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Long Shot
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Mattoid
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Midnight Zoo
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Minnesota Review
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Mixed Bag
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Moody Street Irregulars
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Mount Olive Review
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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 Dancefloor
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San Fernando Poetry Journal
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Santa Clara Review
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Shockbox
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Southern Ocean Review
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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 Heat City Literary Review
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The Plastic Tower
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Timber Creek Review
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Twisted Savage
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Unlikely Stories
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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: 
Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science by Alan Sokal, Mercenaries and War: Understanding Private Armies Today by Sean McFate, Outbreak: A Crisis of Faith: How Religion Ruined Our Global Pandemic by Noah Lugeons, The Scientific Attitude: Defending Science from Denial, Fraud, and Pseudoscience by Lee McIntyre, America's Allies and the Decline of Us Hegemony by Jonathan Paquin

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: Jan 14, 2022