Scott C. Holstad is the author/editor of roughly 30+ print books (one, "Places," was nominated for a Pulitzer), as well as a contributor to some 20-30 more. He has published in many different areas such as poetry, technology, scholarly research, foreign affairs, nonfiction, etc. His work has appeared in thousands of print publications in at least 19 languages over 35 years. He studied English Lit, tech writing, creative writing, computer science, computer engineering, law, political science, software engineering, history, electrical engineering and is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee, California State University Long Beach, UCLA & Queens University of Charlotte, including a terminal degree. A polymath with diverse interests, he likes research (hated teaching), hockey, collecting rare vinyl, select artwork, custom/customized knives/tools, custom designed & built high-end computers & books personally autographed to him by their authors, ranging from largely unknown authors to world famous authors. Among his favorites are those autographed to him by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Diane di Prima, Gerald Locklin, Edward Field, William Burroughs & Charles Bukowski. Now retired, he stays as active as possible engaged in geopolitical analysis with an East Asian emphasis & as a member of The Royal United Services Institute for Defence & Security Studies (RUSI), Arendt Scholar with The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics & Humanities, active sponsor of the Cato Institute, Researcher/Member with International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) & Researcher with the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). He has been a member of the Authors Guild since 1993.

Other Works

  • Southern Poetry Anthology, VI: Tennessee

  • The Long Way Home: The Best of the Little Red Book Series — 1998-2008

  • Cells

  • Artifacts

  • Never-Ending Cigarettes

  • Shadows Before the Maiming

  • Hang Gliding on X

  • The Napalmed Soul

  • Shrapnel

  • Scream When You Burn

  • Places

  • Binge

  • Distant Visions, Again and Again

  • Grungy Ass Swaying

  • Junction City

  • Industrial Madness (2nd ed.)

  • Dancing with the Lights Out

  • endless cry of the dead and dying

  • Street Poems

  • Industrial Madness


Awards and Recognition

  • President's Special Award for Outstanding Achievement. Society for Technical Communication (STC), 1999.
  • Works Held in Over 400 Special Collections, Rare Books & Manuscript Libraries Around the World. Examples include Yale University Library Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, UC Berkeley Libraries Bancroft Library Special Collections, Cambridge University Libraries Special Collections, Leabharlann UCD James Joyce Library, Special Collections, UC San Francisco Parnassus Kalmanovitz Library, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München University library, Brown University John Hay Library, Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays, University of Buffalo/SUNY Special Collections & Special Collections Poetry Periodical Collection, University of London Senate House Library, the Huntington Library Rare Book Collection & the University of Texas Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Library (HRC). Works held in at least 10 national libraries, including the National Library of Scotland, National Library of Finland, Biblioteca Nacional De Espana – Madrid & Bibliothequen nationale de France.
  • Places (Sterling House, 1995) nominated for Pulitzer Prize in Literature

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