Lance Olsen

Lance Olsen is author of more than 20 books of and about innovative writing, including the novel based on Robert Smithson's earthwork Spiral Jetty, Theories of Forgetting; How to Unfeel the Dead: New & Selected Fictions; and [[ there. ]], a trash-diary meditation on the confluence of travel, curiosity, and aesthetic/existential experimentation. His short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, such as Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Fiction International, Village Voice, BOMB, McSweeney’s and Best American Non-Required Reading. A Guggenheim, Berlin Prize, Artist-in-Berlin Residency, N.E.A. Fellowship, and Pushcart Prize recipient, as well as a Fulbright Scholar, he teaches experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah and serves as chair of the Board of Directors at the independent press Fiction Collective Two.

Essays by this author

Accretive Dreams, Junk Narrativity, & Orphaned Excess in Moderation


Lance Olsen reviews hypertext writing, past and present, by Robert Arellano.

Embodying the World


Lance Olsen reviews Shelley Jackson’s first print collection.

Learning to Wish for More


Lance Olsen tells the story of a creative writing professor who walked.

Narratological Amphibiousness, or: Invitation to the Covert History of Possibility


Lance Olsen continues the FC/2 authors’ discussion of Carole Maso’s AVA and adds some bits on Laird Hunt, Mark Z Danielewski, Judd Morrissey and Lori Talley, and other recent U.S. avant-gardists.