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W. Scott Olsen

Scott Olsen is a professor of English at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where he also edits the literary magazine Ascent. He is the author of 12 books of nonfiction travel essays. His literary essays, newspaper articles, and aviation features have appeared in journals such as Kenyon Review, AQR, North American Review, NDQ, Flying, Plane & Pilot, and many more. His work has been listed among the notables in Best American Essays ten times.

Recent & Notable Works



Bay to Ocean, editor (Eastern Shore Writers Association, 2018)

A Moment with Strangers (North Dakota State University Press, 2016)

Prairie Sky (University of Missouri Press, 2013)

Never Land—Adventures, Wonder and One World Record in a Very Small Plane (University of Nebraska Press, 2010)

Hard Air (University of Nebraska Press, 2007)

At Speed: Notes from the Long Line Between Two Points (University of Nebraska Press, 2006)

Gravity—The Allure of Distance (University of Utah Press, 2003)

A Year in Place, co-edited with Bret Lott (University of Utah Press, 2001)

When We Say We’re Home, co-authored with Dawn Marano, Doug Carlson and Wendy Bishop (University of Utah Press, 1999)

Acts of Illumination (St. Mary’s University Press, 1996)

The Sacred Place, co-edited with Scott Cairns (University of Utah Press, 1996)

Pointed Home: A Cross Country Essay (Pecan Grove Press, 1994)

Meeting The Neighbors (North Star Press, 1993)

Just This Side of Fargo (Ironwood Press, 1992)

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