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Professor of Literature & Creative Writing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow in Fiction - Class of Spring 2013

Lance Olsen is an author and professor of experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah, and serves as Chair of the Board of Directors at Fiction Collective Two; founded in 1974, FC2 is one of America’s best-known ongoing literary experiments and progressive art communities. He has written eleven novels, one hypertext, four critical studies, four short-story collections, a poetry chapbook, and two anti-textbooks about innovative writing, in addition to being the editor of two collections of essays about innovative contemporary fiction. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Fiction International, Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Village Voice, Time Out New York, BOMB, Gulf Coast, McSweeney’s, and Best American Non-Required Reading.


Olsen is a Guggenheim and an NEA fellowship recipient, winner of a Pushcart prize, and former governor-appointed Idaho Writer-in-Residence. His novel Tonguing the Zeitgeist was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. His work has been translated into Italian, Polish, Turkish, Finnish, and Portuguese. He has taught at the University of Idaho, University of Kentucky, University of Iowa, University of Virginia, on summer- and semester-abroad programs in Oxford and London, on a Fulbright in Finland, and at various writing conferences. He is the fiction editor of Western Humanities Review.

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