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Hankrules2011

Many people know Charles Bukowski has always been my inspiration & a model in both style & theme during much of my writing career. He was often called Hank & was thus the inspiration for what I named this site when I created it in 2011: Hank Rules, or Hankrules2011.

My autographed copy of Bukowski’s Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
A small intro to US writer Scott C. Holstad in Rendezvous’ssa, a Finnish magazine.
Finland Loves You!

The first country to publish me outside of the US was Finland & that nation became my biggest supporter over the longest period of time. My second book, Industrial Madness, was published in Helsinki in 1991. This collage shows a short intro to/of me in Rendezvous’ssa, one of the many mags that grew to like me there. The editor alludes to & eventually did publish a second printing of the 1991 book. I recently translated this into English, seen here in the side-by-side collage.

Pandora's Box Vol 3 Iss 4 with Ed Note re Future Pubs
Pandora’s Box Vol 3 Issue 4 with a complimentary Editor’s note re future publication
They Actually Love Me!

I didn’t know the publishing world at first but eventually found a fairly comfy home in the “Small Press” world while still being published in mainstream literary journals. However, I generally disliked many of them, so I stuck with small press mags for a good part of my career. This issue of Pandora’s Box contains a typical note I’d often receive where the editor generously compliments my writing, tells me he’s published me in this issue, plans to in the next 2 issues & asks me to send more poems. I would end up getting solicited by many magazines & publishers & was often featured, something I never took for granted. At least 9 of my books were solicited by the publishers.

A postcard/ArtCard featuring 2 Scott C. Holstad poems
A postcard/ArtCard published in Finland featuring two Scott C. Holstad poems, illustrated by Jouni Waarakangas
Finland Collaborates With Me on a Project

This little postcard/ArtCard was one of several created so very long ago that I had actually forgotten about them over the years, which is sad & not meant as an insult to the artists, designers, publishers, etc., I worked with in the US, Europe & most especially Finland. Finland? This basically says all you need to know about the ’90s Finland zine culture, both in terms of digging crazy written shit like mine but especially their distinctive & crazy infamous art pieces one would find all over. Jouni Waarakangas was the illustrator & instigator behind this project; he was very kind & generous to me over the years in publishing me routinely in his Sivullinen magazine, in publishing my second poetry collection & in introducing me to more & more Finnish audiences so that I grew to be so freaking popular there that some magazines actually placed my photo side by side with Bukowski on the covers with our work respectively next to each other between the covers. Both highly complimentary & surreal, though I’d been published with him in a number of magazines by then. Just never effectively risen to his stature, nor would I ever so I guess I inadvertently pulled one over on them, eh? The Fins were a great group & I’ll always be grateful for their generosity. Oh, & is this card creepy or what? Hah!


Cells (2004), my biggest book at 210 pages
Cells (2004), my biggest book at 210 pages
Cells

By former count, Cells was my 15th book of poetry & my biggest at close to 210 pages. (Most poetry books average somewhere between 48-72 pages.) Over the past few years, however, I’ve discovered that I’m credited as the author of some 18+ poetry books & possibly even way more than 22! Adding just 2 of the books I was paid to co-author & 2 more that I edited would bring the total to 26+. Further, adding 10+ anthologies & 4+ textbooks that I know of (even as I’ve discovered more anthologies and collaborations recently, as well as an unknown number of textbooks) brings a new total to 40+. There’s probably more…

And So It Begins
My first poetry collection, Street Poems (1991)
My first poetry collection, Street Poems (1991)

My first poetry collection, Street Poems, was published in early 1991 by mulberry press (though some libraries/catalogs date it to 1990). The cover shows a photo of (a young) me about a year after moving to Tempe, AZ. Little did I know that “street” poems would turn out to be an apt description of far too much of my life.

Scott C. Holstad idiot magnet from Binge (1994) - poem
“idiot magnet” – Binge (1994)
The Story of My Life

I wound up asking myself this question probably more than any other during my life. Not the typical existential question one might expect…

Wisconsin Review Vol 26 No. 2
Wisconsin Review Vol 26 No. 2

The Wisconsin Review was not the first literary journal (Mainstream University Literary Publication), but it WAS one of my first such journals to have a larger press run & was a bit more well known than some others that had published me (all of whom I was grateful for & to). While it wasn’t going to be the most “prestigious” journal in which my work appeared, it was a nice way to break into the next level. In retrospect, it didn’t hurt my ego that the poems published here were pretty damn good & in fact, so much so that two other journals got into scuffles with the Wisconsin Review editors over one or both of these poems & one of those journals’ reputation was close to the very highest levels to which one could aspire — largely a household name for anyone in literature. At the time, however, it was immensely awkward for me & I wanted to hide under a rock.

A Literary Journal


Headshot of Scott C. Holstad inside PLACES, his 1996 Pulitzer-nominated book of poems
Headshot of Scott C. Holstad inside PLACES, his 1996 Pulitzer-nominated book of poems



Google Search Results for Scott C Holstad Author
Google Search Results for Scott C Holstad Author
Google Search -- I Guess I Made It...
Google Search — I Guess I Made It…

After 3 decades as a professional writer, Scott C. Holstad now automatically displays “Scott C. Holstad, Author” with a thumbnail image of his face while conducting various searches with Google Search. Then when one chooses any of several possible results for “Scott C Holstad Author” (including “Scott Holstad,” “Scott Holstad Poet,” “Scott Holstad Writer,” “Scott C Holstad Scholar” and other related search strings — which can change periodically with no warning as specific search strings alter results), Google Search results display a profile Google provides on top of and to the side of the results with, as of late March 2022, my name, “title” assigned to me (“Author.” It was previously “Writer.”), a thumbnail headshot above the results and to the side an “About” section featuring a bio taken from various sources (in this case from my Authors Guild profile) as well as ever-changing info such as birth & marriage info and icons for various social media “Profiles” all of which link to those profiles, such as Google Scholar, Twitter, LinkedIn, et cetera. All of which may appear in different form and content, or not at all, depending on both search string used and most common current searches being used because less frequent searches will reduce this information, scale it back, or it will simply disappear from other results. Conversely, these can grow seemingly endlessly with more info on you and both more frequent searches for you and obviously the higher a profile one has. Thus a search for Lawrence Ferlinghetti displays info about his spouse, children, education, some photos of some of his books, pictures and names of others people searched for, et cetera.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti Google search results showing a row of photos of him beneath his name

And this type of result is always changing based on these and more variables. My display formerly including a section listing some of my formal education, often derived from sources like Wikidata. This information and these sources don’t disappear. Google’s algorithms are designed to change with the tiniest search patterns. Thus as one can see from the Google Search Results screenshot beside this text, photos of Scott C. Holstad from any resulting source that may have any are now displayed beside the result, so in this case my photo appears alongside results that include my Poets & Writers directory profile, a literary publication’s website, my Goodreads Author profile and oddly, an ancient picture from the apartment of an old friend’s blog. But what if one wanted search results that displayed pics of some Holstad books, like Ferlinghetti’s does (or a row of author photos, etc.)? Well, it depends on the search inquiry.

Google search results for “Scott Holstad books” showing icons of some of his books with an option to scroll further and move on to more specific related searches

As the caption beneath this screenshot states, a search for “Scott Holstad books” results in a row featuring icons of some of my books with the option of scrolling on to see more. Above every such result are little icons with a new topic that will allow someone to dig deeper for more specific information with each result yielding forever changing different options. In this case, I could choose icons displaying titles of some of my books to see results focused on each while seeing new icons encouraging one to go further. Depending on one’s perspective, this could be viewed as good or bad…

By the way, if anyone is interested, yes, the default search results differ so that if one were to type in the exact same search string as Google — “Scott C Holstad Author,” Bing’s display is very different (not to say the order of the results). In this case, a row of books appears at the top — none of which are Scott C. Holstad’s — followed by a search result providing a brief bio, but from a dubious source which then begs the question of accuracy, followed by results from Goodreads (two) and the Authors Guild while beneath them is a row of pics labeled “Images of Scott C Holstad Author.” To the right of the results is a small bio and photo similar to Google’s but from a different source, in this case my Amazon Author page.

Bing search results for "Scott C Holstad Author"
Bing search results for “Scott C Holstad Author

(The irony of things is that Bing has rarely shown more than 3 or 4 actual photos of me while displaying reams of pics of anyone BUT me, virtually none of whom are connected to me or have anything to do with me, rending these image results largely useless — which people who don’t know me won’t realize) — while Google’s own image results once were a bit iffy like this but over time have become pretty impressive so that now the top row typically displays accurate images of Scott C. Holstad and/or some of his books while additional rows continue to display more of those while adding pics from some posts or articles he’s published, reviews of some of his books, scenes from places he went to university, favorite watches or works of art or computers drawn from sources like Pinterest, etc., and thus these results are radically better and more accurate than Bing’s.

Google Image Results for Scott C Holstad

That said, Bing’s actual Search results often yield not only some of the same results, but others one doesn’t find with Google and other search engines and the value of those is often they’re never seen or shown elsewhere and as a result, I’ve been able to find that I apparently either I published books or works I don’t remember or never even knew about or something like various Special Collections libraries carry works of mine in their holdings that contain more than what may be found in other searches, but also alerted of works created by others while attributed to me, which I guess is fine, but then even worse, works in elite Special Collections libraries attributed to me or a former publishing company long ago by “authors” I both know and don’t know or never heard of, using my old company’s address, and in some cases, naming their publications with titles I would never permit or use myself as they are more than “X” rated, but simply intentionally very offensive. Not only has that ticked me off as well as mystifying me, but I can’t believe I never even knew of the existence of such until the past couple of years while libraries were somehow acquiring copies many years ago! WTF?

So Bing does a service and disservice and one other example shows how it does a current disservice. Typically most search engines offer a list of “related” searches at the bottom of their webpages, which one might think is good. These are usually based on the number and frequency of related searches of that particular topic, in this case “Scott C Holstad Author.” Some might include variations such as “Scott Holstad,” “Scott C Holstad Poet,” Scott C Holstad Writer” etc. In Bing’s case though, in addition to those, others include “Scott C Holstad free downloads,” which is quite worrisome and frustrating because there ARE NO legal downloads, free or not, authorized by anyone to have, obtain or gain access to, and thus these are either “pirates” or entities likely guilty of copyright infringement, intellectual property theft or more. If that sounds unbelievable, there are a couple of screenshots already on this webpage in the pics above with illicit listings for some of my stuff and I have tons of screenshots of all types of piracy, theft, misuse, illegal use or sales of many of my books and even research papers and essays for sale, etc., which boggles my mind, but isn’t entirely new. What’s new is seeing a link to such sites openly available via major search engines.

Bing search results results showing “related” searches for “Scott C Holstad Author,” one of which is for “free downloads,” ie., sites with near-certain piracy of my works

One of many Pirate sites (as I call them and as the Authors Guild views the majority of them). Illegally selling PDF versions of a rare book of mine for $100 each. For an $8 retail book. Of which I get nothing. Using the original Napster model, eh?

A Pirate site openly making PDF versions of the rare SC Holstad book SHADOWS BEFORE THE MAIMING available for $100/download! For a book that retailed for $8 and for which I get nothing. Because it’s ILLEGAL!


Okay. Too many words. I’m going to try to get back to the pics. And yes, some of these hold stories and there’s much more to be known, but that’s not my purpose in posting them at the present time. Just hoping some people might find some of this interesting…

Scott Holstad is ranked the #13 "Top Reader" in the US "All Time" and #23 in the world all time on February 3, 2020
Scott Holstad is ranked the #13 “Top Reader” in the US “All Time” and #23 in the world all time by Goodreads on February 3, 2020.

Scott C. Holstad’s Shadows Before the Maiming has been featured in Google Books since it was created. Before author and writer guilds (as well as authors and writers individually) started raising a ruckus over copyright, fair use, NON-PAY to said authors, this book was available in its entirety to anyone courtesy Google — without making an attempt, let alone receiving, my consent or that of the publisher. They didn’t care. Apparently didn’t understand or care about the laws and concepts of “public domain” because in order for any entity to publish, reproduce, etc., anything of someone else’s work, it’s not legal until 75 years after their DEATH. And unless I am living in a weird non-dream, as far as I can tell, not dead, and it’s not been 75 years anyway. Google eventually did the right thing and changed things around so that now (still without my consent, but you have to pick your fights), instead of anyone having full access to this book, Google Books shows a “Preview” limited to 15 pages. And I guess in a way I try to view that as a compliment rather than remain annoyed. Someone must care somewhere, right?

Pearl vol 29, 2000
Pearl vol 29, 2000
The Allen Ginsberg Papers at Stanford University containing correspondence with Scott C. Holstad
The Allen Ginsberg Papers at Stanford University containing correspondence with Scott C. Holstad
Scott Holstad American Historical Association (AHA) Bio
Scott Holstad American Historical Association (AHA) Bio
Medium -- Scott Holstad
Medium — Scott Holstad
Reader review for Scott C. Holstad's 1999 book The Napalmed Soul
Reader review for Scott C. Holstad’s 1999 book The Napalmed Soul


Want to see some crazy prices for some of my books, mostly used? And even those that are listed as New still border on crazy. Recall that what I’m about to post are listings for some of my books dating generally from 1995 – 2004. The average has tended to be 1999. (I’m not going to come close to posting all of the listings I’ve collected over the years!) I will likely post a few ads, listings and prices from between 2011 – 2022, so these will be between 7 – 32 years old, as in older than when these were originally published and going against the original retail price, which I believe for all but one (CELLS), was $10 and below, often between $6-$8. I used to get bent out of shape that everyone except me seemed to be profited from MY work, but I lost that battle long ago so now just watch with resignation. Writing poetry doesn’t pay rent. Re-selling it just might. Clearly I went into the wrong line of work. Hahahaha!

Copies of Scott C. Holstad's CELLS available online for $25+ used and $65+ new -- 15 years after initial publication!
Scott C. Holstad’s CELLS available for $25+ used & $65+ new — 15 years after publication!
A used copy of Scott C. Holstad's Shadows Before the Maiming for $62.
A used copy of Scott C. Holstad’s Shadows Before the Maiming for $62.

The Belinda Subraman Papers archive in University of New Mexico Center for Research and Special Collections. Containing correspondence between Subraman and Scott Holstad from 1991-1994

Copies of The Napalmed Soul, $10 in 1999, later going for $15-$45 AND $65/semester to RENT for students!
Copies of The Napalmed Soul, $10 in 1999, later going for $15-$45 AND $65/semester to RENT for students!
Used copies of Shadows Against the Maiming by Scott C. Holstad for anywhere between $65 and $160
Used copies of Shadows Against the Maiming by Scott C. Holstad for anywhere between $65 and $160



Pulitzer Nominee Visits PLACES in Personal History
Pulitzer Nominee Visits PLACES in Personal History: Scott Holstad knows how to play to his audience…
An excerpt quoted from a poem in Distant Visions -- "something it's the senseless feelings which overwhelm you..."
An excerpt of a poem in Holstad’s Distant Visions

A view of just some of the works of Scott C. Holstad held in the University of Tennessee Special Collections and Rare Books Library
Some of Scott C. Holstad’s works held in the University of Tennessee Special Collections and Rare Books Library
UT Library Acquisitions
UT Library Acquisitions: How UT’s Special Collections has
obtained works of Scott C. Holstad over the years.

Nerve vol 1 no 3 with the Table of Contacts showing Scott C. Holstad's work
Nerve vol 1 no 3
Catharsis: A Journal of Poetry vol 3 no. 2, 1993
Catharsis: A Journal of Poetry vol 3 no. 2, 1993
Jeff Weddle's Bohemian New Orleans, which he autographed for me.
Jeff Weddle’s Bohemian New Orleans, which he autographed for me.

The Belinda Subraman Papers archive in University of New Mexico Center for Research & Special Collections
The Belinda Subraman Papers archive in the University of New Mexico Center for Research and Special Collections containing correspondence between Subraman and Scott Holstad between 1991-1994
Photo of Scott C. Holstad in Higher Ground Magazine
Photo of Scott C. Holstad in Higher Ground Magazine. (Thinks he’s a badass, doesn’t he?)
Excerpt from an article on Scott Holstad in Higher Ground
Excerpt from an article on Scott Holstad in Higher Ground

  • World Biographical Encyclopedia: Scott Cameron Holstad, Editor, Educator, Writer
  • The ISFDB Scott C. Holstad Profile (Internet Speculative Fiction Database)
  • Red River Review, August 1999, featuring poetry by Scott C. Holstad
  • "How to use the word FUCKING in a Sentence?" via Definitions.net. 16 results, first 3 taken from Scott C. Holstad poems
  • Camus Synonyms, one a quote from a poem by Scott C. Holstad
  • My Favorite Bullet, featuring 3 poems by Scott C. Holstad, March 2005
  • Hollywood Creative Directory
  • Submission Invitation to Scott Holstad from a Magazine Editor 1996
  • Encyclopedia.com entry for Scott Holstad.
  • Fan Email to Scott Holstad 1996
  • Bleeding Velvet Octopus no 4
  • Scott Holstad's Discogs Profile
  • Poetry Monthly issue 48, March 2000
  • Beat legend Diane di Prima's classic Memoirs of a Beatnik, autographed for Scott C. Holstad
  • Driver's Side Airbag #17 with a note from the editor to Scott Holstad
  • A magazine in the annual Directory of Little Magazines & Small Presses listing Scott C. Holstad has one of the better known example writers they publish (1991)
  • Syllabus for English 200 @ Western Kentucky University.
  • Instructor’s Manual To Accompany Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama & Writing. 12thEd. Pearson.
  • An etching of Scott and G, designed and created by Scott H to be laser etched onto a favorite quality knife: the Benchmade Contego, customized for us in 2019
  • Benchmade Contego, customized with a laser etching of Scott and G, created by Scott H, 1999
  • Bukowski autographed my very favorite book of his poetry for me, always to be treasured


An excerpt from a review of The Best of The Asheville Poetry Review singling out Scott C. Holstad for his "courage in ... defending Carl Sandburg" in his critical essay on Sandburg's classic Chicago Poems (NewPages, 2005)
An excerpt from a review of The Best of The Asheville Poetry Review singling out Scott C. Holstad for his “courage in … defending Carl Sandburg” in his critical essay on Sandburg’s classic Chicago Poems (NewPages, 2005)
The ISFDB profile for Scott C. Holstad (Internet Speculative Fiction Database)
The ISFDB profile for Scott C.Holstad (Internet Speculative Fiction Database)

A bimonthly copy of the SaucyVox Review featuring Scott C. Holstad
A bimonthly copy of the SaucyVox Review
featuring Scott C. Holstad
LibraryThing's Scott C. Holstad Author Profile
LibraryThing’s Scott C. Holstad Author Profile
Barry Silesky's Ferlinghetti bio, autographed to Scott Holstad, February 1993
Barry Silesky’s Ferlinghetti bio, autographed to Scott Holstad, February 1993




The Hawai'i Review vol. 35, 1992 with Scott C. Holstad's poem "be" published on page 13.
The Hawai’i Review vol. 35, 1992 with Scott C. Holstad’s poem “be” published on page 13.

Moody Street Irregulars: A Jack Kerouac Newsletter, issues 27 & 28, the final two issues of this absolute LEGENDARY publicationMoody Street Irregulars: A Jack Kerouac Newsletter, issues 27 & 28, the final two issues of this absolute LEGENDARY publication

Moody Street Irregulars: A Jack Kerouac Newsletter
,
issues 27 & 28, the final two issues of this absolute
LEGENDARY publication
One of several books Tullian Tchividhan, Billy Graham's grandson & a great friend of mine for decades, signed for/to me.
One of several books Tullian Tchividhan, Billy Graham’s grandson & a great
friend of mine for decades, signed for/to me. My family & Graham’s family have
been friends since the 1950s, so I’ve enjoyed the cards, signed books by several and despite my not agreeing with the beliefs of more than one family member,
have always enjoyed the company of someone like Tullian.
On Writing a Horror Poetry Book -- Scott C. Holstad
On Writing a Horror Poetry Book — Scott C. Holstad
Directory of American Poetry Books (Poets House). Scott C. Holstad's first book, Street Poems (mulberry press), is listed.
Directory of American Poetry Books (Poets House). Scott C.
Holstad’s
first book, Street Poems (mulberry press), is listed.

Processed World vol. 30, Processed World Collective, 1992
Processed World vol. 30, Processed World Collective, 1992
Scott Holstad's Poets & Writers Profile
Scott Holstad’s Poets & Writers Profile

Several magazines list Scott C. Holstad as one of their prominent writers in the 2000 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.
Scott C. Holstad is listed by several mags as a main
writer they publish in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market.
An anthology called Paws & Tales that arrived in 1998. My poem "Harrycat" is shown here & I remember him fondly. I hope I did him justice.
An anthology called Paws & Tales that arrived in 1998. My poem “Harrycat” is shown here & I remember him fondly. I hope I did him justice.

I have and do write many things on many different topics on many platforms and forums. Over the past several years, I’ve written, posted and published hundreds of pieces on LinkedIn, Medium, Twitter, blogs and elsewhere, virtually none involving creative writing. Much of it has been along the lines of policy analysis, geopolitical analysis, national security, China and the Indo-Pacific region, quantum physics, nuclear proliferation, privacy issues, issues regarding the pandemic and future contingencies and much more. Here is a small slide show of some of the topics I did generally between 2017 – 2019. Added here just for the heck of it…


  • An Interview With Global Security Expert Harris Schwartz, LinkedIn, June 11, 2018
  • The Global Cybersecurity Workforce Gap Widens: What Are You Doing About It? Scott C. Holstad, LinkedIn, October 17, 2018
  • Graham Allison's "Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap." Your Take? Scott C. Holstad, LinkedIn, October 17, 2018
  • China has blown off the roof on large scale quantum communications. What is the US doing about it? Scott C. Holstad, LinkedIn, November 10, 2018


  • Scott C. Holstad. Its Not Just Huawei and ZTE... 06/04/2019
  • Scott C. Holstad. Has the West Lost It? 07/09/2019
  • Scott C. Holstad. Some Hard Facts and Words about COVID-19 and Future... 04/22/2020
  • Scott C. Holstad. F@H--Join The Fight Against COVID-19. 05/20/2020
  • Scott C. Holstad. U.S. Privacy Concerns and the COVID-19 Crisis. 05/31/2020
  • Scott C. Holstad. An Update with Context on Little-Known Historical Oppression... 06/07/2020
  • Scott C. Holstad. Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton [is a dumbass]. 06/28/2020
  • Scott C. Holstad. The Privatized Internet is NOT Failing Our Kids! 09/12/2020
  • Scott C. Holstad. A Review of Mark Bray's Book "Antifa": 12/21/2020
  • Scott C. Holstad. A Review of "Utopia for Realists." 07/05/2021
  • Scott C. Holstad. Thought on the book "The Uninhabitable Earth..." 11/09/2021
  • Scott C. Holstad. For Those Not Keeping Track,,, 12/01/2021

Well, we’ve been all over the place lately. How about concentrating a little bit more on various magazi