Eric Olsen, Publisher

Eric Olsen, Editor

Eric Olsen
(photo by Geri Kodey)

Before helping to create BrightCity Books, Eric co-founded and directed the International Institute of Modern Letters, a literary think tank that helped writers who were victims of censorship, and created the first American City of Asylum, in Las Vegas. The Institute also created programs to support emerging writers in this country and abroad. Before that, he was executive editor of custom publishing at Time Inc Health. And before that, he was a freelance journalist. He has published hundreds of magazine articles, a few short stories, and six nonfiction books, most recently We Wanted to be Writers: Life, Love, and Literature at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. As the subtitle suggests, Eric is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a Teaching/Writing Fellow. The book is a collection of conversations among 30 of his classmates and teachers about writing and the writing life. After leaving the Workshop, Eric received a James A. Michener Fellowship for fiction. Most recently, his writing has delved into art and design. He continues, despite common sense and the advice of family and friends, to work on a novel and screenplay.

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