My Published Books

A few of the books, anthologies & textbooks in which my work appears:

I have published and/or edited 35 — 50+ books over the years — ALL before the current self-publishing craze, back when you had to have an agent. I have also published numerous articles, stories, book reviews, poems, blogs, essays, technical manuals, commentary, analysis, peer-reviewed academic papers, scientific and technical papers, white papers, etc. Good times….

Some of my books, in chronological order:

  1. Street Poems  (Mulberry Press, 1991)
  2. Industrial Madness  (Sivullinen [Finland], 1991)
  3. Big Head Press Broadside Poem Collection (Big Head Press, 1992)
  4. Dancing with the Lights Out  (Big Head Press, 1992)
  5. endless cry of the dead and dying (Big Head Press, 1992)
  6. Grungy Ass Swaying [with Paula Weinman]  (Grunge City Press, 1993)
  7. Junction City  (Sister Moon Press, 1993)
  8. Industrial Madness [2nd ed.] [with Miika Miettunen and Charles Bukowski] (Rendezvous’ssa [Finland], 1993)
  9. Binge (Undulating Bedsheets Productions, 1994)
  10. Dead Horse Lake (Ball Cap & Buttermilk Press, 1994)
  11. Distant Visions, Again and Again  (The Poet Tree, 1994)
  12. Places  (Sterling House, 1996)
  13. Target Practice (Rocket Press, 1996)
  14. An Overview of System Security Issues for TSI Inc. (WireMe, 1996)
  15. Hollyhock’s User’s Guide to the Internet: For Friends of Hollyhock House (WireMe, 1996)
  16. Networking on the Web [with C. Landy] (1997)
  17. The Giant Geek-Speak Manual [with Gregory Wilson] (Mid-Tech Press, 1998)
  18. Never-Ending Cigarettes (Ye Olde Font Shoppe, 1999)
  19. Shadows Before the Maiming (Gothic Press, 1999)
  20. Hang Gliding on X (Lummox Press, 1999)
  21. Shrapnel  (Budget Press [Russia], 1999)
  22. The Napalmed Soul  (Chiron Review Press, 1999)
  23. Artifacts  (Sick Puppy Press, 2002)
  24. Artifacts: Special Edition (Sick Puppy Press, 2003)
  25. Cells  (PublishAmerica, 2004)
  26. Confessions  (PBP, 2005)


  1. The Deming Dimension (SPC Press, 1990) [Assistant Editor]
  2. Tokens of Love. (Rio Grande Press, 1993).
  3. They Can’t Kill Me Twice. (Tiger Moon Publications, 1993).
  4. The Best Kept Secrets of the Catholic Church. (Tiger Moon Publications, 1994.).
  5. Speaking Our Truth. Ed N King. (HarperCollins, 1995).
  6. Mount Olive College Review: A Sociological-Historical Perspective. (Mount Olive College Press, 1996).
  7. A Highly Scalable Electronic Mail Service Using Open Systems. [Editor]
  8. Proceedings of the USENIX Symposium on Internet Technologies and Systems. (USENIX Association, 1997).
  9. A Performance Study on Internet Server Provider mail servers — Proofed and edited.
  10. Scream When You Burn: A Pound of Seared Flesh from the Lap of Coffee Culture. Ed. Cohen, Rob. San Diego, CA: Incommunicado Press, 1998. Print. [I am listed as a Co-Author on Goodreads.]
  11. Paws & Tales. (GDI Publishing, 1998).
  12. Bloodstone: a poetry anthology. (CSU Stanislaus, 1999).
  13. Poetry for Students, Volume 13. E Thomason, Gale Cengage, 2001.
  14. Net Crimes & Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering the Spammers, Swindlers, and Stalkers Who Are Targeting You Online. JA Hitchcock. Information Today Inc., 2002. Referenced several times in this true life story of a writer’s near-lethal encounters with a corrupt “literary agency.”
  15. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. 3rd Compact Edition. Eds XJ Kennedy, Dana Gioia. Print and CD-ROM. New York: Longman, 2003.
  16. Snow Monkey, numbers 15-16, Edmonds WA: Ravenna Press, 2004.
  17. In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself, Vol. 6. Eds M Weaver, F al Qasem. (MW Enterprises, 2005).
  18. CRANIO — Co-editor for peer-reviewed TMJ-centric journal.
  19. Insurgents, Terrorists, and Militias: The Warriors of Contemporary Combat — A Dew. Columbia University Press, 2006. Referenced in SME roles in this book.
  20. Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. 5th compact ed. Eds XJ Kennedy, Dana Gioia. New York: Pearson Longman 2007.
  21. Premonitions Magazine Anthology: Causes For Alarm. (Pigasus Press, 2008).
  22. Craniofacial Pain: A Handbook for Assessment, Diagnosis and Management (American Academy of Craniofacial Pain & Chroma, 2009) [Production Manager & Copyeditor].
  23. The Long Way Home: The Best of the Little Red Book Series — 1998-2008. Ed RD Armstrong. (Lummox Press, 2009).
  24. Instructor’s Manual To Accompany Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Twelfth Edition. Eds XJ Kennedy, D Gioia, M Palma. Print and Pearson Interactive Labs. Boston: Pearson, 2013.
  25. Scream When You Burn [2nd ed.] Ed. Cohen, Rob. Los Angeles: Rothco Press, 2013.
  26. Southern Poetry Anthology, VI: Tennessee. Eds J Graves, P Ruffin, W Wright. (Texas Review Press, 2013).
  27. Backpack Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. 5th ed. Eds XJ Kennedy, Dana Gioia. Print & Pearson MyLab. Boston: Pearson, 2016.


  1. ANTI-VENOM. 1995. MS.
  2. The ABC’s of Getting Your Poetry Published. 1996. TS.
  3. Mixed Up: New and Used Poems. 1997. TS.
  4. Phoenix and Other Poems. 1998. TS.
  5. Poems From the Depths: The Big Head Press Collection. Ed Holstad, Scott C. 1998. MS.
  6. Jail. 2000. TS.
  7. The End of Heaven. 2004. TS.
  8. Retreads: Poems 1990-1995. 2006. TS.
  9. Roads Less Traveled: Experiments in Criticism. 2007. TS.
  10. Working Poems for the Dead. 2008. MS
  11. Koreatown Nights. 2009. MS.

There seem to be more books by me, purported to be by me, allegedly published by my very ancient and late small press and more. Some of these are even in major university special collections libraries. Most I’ve never seen and didn’t even know about until the past couple of years. I have included a couple of books and anthologies in the above lists that I haven’t personally confirmed, but which I’ve either seen multiple times listed on the huge WorldCat database and others, as well as having contracts, media containing the books, etc. — but no books to show for it. Doesn’t mean they weren’t published; I just don’t have copies. Just yesterday I found mention of another book of mine I’m sure I never heard of and knew nothing about. The 1996-1997 edition of The Directory of Poetry Publishers lists many magazines that published me and some include my name in these many various annuals. One small magazine that published me a few times also was listed as having a small press (book publisher, not just magazine) and as is usually the case, it listed its most recent authors whose books they’d published. The first name was Scott C. Holstad — me! I was honestly stunned, not because I was upset or I didn’t appreciate such an honor (between a quarter and a third of my books were solicited by publishers — unusual, especially for someone not super famous, as in myself). I literally have no memory, no records, documents, correspondence, anything about any book with this publisher. And that would probably have been between 1994-1996 during which time I did have several small collections, at least one or two of which I was shopping. Basically I’m dying to know what this is all about, what happened, how, when, why I never got any copies or even fliers. And just what the book is — the title, size, etc. THAT is more important to me than actually having copies of the book! All that being said, despite being listed as the most recent author whose book they published, it’s actually possible they never did as such things can happen. I know publishers who listed the next one or two writers they contracted with for upcoming annuals like this, but writers whose books even went to press only to have everything stopped for one reason or another — and never resumed. Ultimately I just would like to know the status. In any event, I’ve found signed contracts and checks both cashed and uncashed to me for services rendered ranging from writing lengthy articles to editing books to co-authoring technical books, co-editing poetry anthologies and ghost writing more books that I’m aware of having done. It’s amazing what one finds when opening 20-30 year old boxes for the first time since they were packed. So basically I have no idea how many books I’ve had published or was a part of. Some I didn’t list here and I think I can account for at least 60, maybe as many as 70-75 books. But when you add all of the rumored, alleged, unknown or unconfirmed books published here and in other countries/languages (I found out just last year that I was paired and featured with Bukowski for a small co-written collection in Scandinavia, which kind of blows my mind because I can’t think of any other poets he shared or was co-featured in a double small collection!) my guestimate is then that the total is approaching or has surpassed 100 books, anthologies, textbooks, etc. Published broadsides would increase that total, as would collaborations with specific artists. Hell, maybe 120+? Add my professional books I wrote and edited, largely in the technology and science fields, and I go over 150 books at that point, with no end in sight. Some have told me not knowing would drive them nuts and sometimes I feel that way, but nonetheless it’s kind of cool knowing I virtually certainly have quite a few more books than typically listed in catalogs and directories, and that I may even have a very large number when including some I just mentioned. My late friend and mentor Gerry Locklin and I were tight for many years and we often introduced the other to new markets they otherwise would never heard of. He was much older than me and when we met, he’d already had over 100 books published. When COVID19 most cruelly killed him a year and a half ago, he’d published somewhere between 175-200 books. I always told him I was gunning for him. Well, I’ll never catch up but I’d like to think he would have appreciated the decades-long race! I guess I’ll go to my grave never knowing and perhaps that’s for the best.

Various Identifiers, Catalogs, Directories & Other Sources That Include Me & My Work:

Library Holdings With Scott C. Holstad

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