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The Times, They Are a Changing

Posted by Scott Holstad on August 2, 2022

The times, they are a changing. The physical transformations that FIVE (5) DECADES of writing have forced upon Scott C. Holstad. 1988 – 2021.

A slideshow of the path my career and journey as a writer has taken me over a FIVE DECADE span (which is really hard to believe).

All of these photos representing 1988 – 2021 appeared in books of mine, publications I had material in, articles or reviews written about me, profile shots accompanying me in various locations I or my work have appeared. These are not necessarily exhaustive, but represent an interesting time of physical changes to correspond with what time and age has produced to the present. They’re not all flattering (if any are), but represent a fairly wide spectrum. Cheers!

  • Scott Holstad in Washington DC late 1980s-HelterSkelter-1991
  • Scott Holstad, Phoenix alleyway, 2 weeks after living homeless in his car while the Bush 41 recession was about to hit.
  • Scott C. Holstad standing in some desert brush outside the Phoenix city limits. Photo taken in 1991, appeared on the cover of the 1992 book, Dancing With The Lights Out.
  • Scott C Holstad in a 1992 photo taken outside the city in the South Phoenix area. Its only use in publication was inside his 1993 book, Junction City.
  • A professional photo of Scott C. Holstad taken in 1994 on the Sunset Strip & appearing on the back of his 1995 book, Places, which was nominated for a Pulitzer.
  • A professional headshot of author Scott C. Holstad, used for an article on Holstad published in a 1996 issue of Higher Ground.
  • Scott Holstad on the Hollywood party circuit, 1996.
  • Scott C. Holstad immersed in the Beverly Hills party circuit, 1997. I *think* I was at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills.
  • A rather mysterious photo of Scott C. Holstad in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
  • Scott Holstad in Santa Monica in 2001 to meet an editor & an old author friend to "talk shop."
  • A 2003 photo of Scott Holstad taken in Greenville SC. Later used in a 2005 issue of My Favorite Bullet.
  • A professional photo of Scott C Holstad taken in Knoxville TN during 2003 photo shoots for his 2004 book, Cells. Used in articles published on Holstad in a variety of publications.
  • Scott C. Holstad on the party circuit circa 2008, slumming it with some NYC superstars.
  • A photo of Scott Holstad taken sometime around 2011 in the home of some friends he was visiting.
  • Scott C. Holstad & Chris Duncan, Poetry & Fiction editors for Ray's Road Review, in Atlanta, 2012.
  • A 2017 picture of Scott C. Holstad looking unusually presentable. Taken on Maryland's Eastern Shore, it has been used for both his consulting business & as a pic for his author profiles on Goodreads, Amazon, the Authors Guild & more.
  • A very unusual late 2021 photo of Scott Holstad looking like an old 1960s hippie burnout reject. It appeared on Medium & other places.
  • Scott C Holstad's most frightening picture, taken during 2021 & somehow appearing throughout Quotes.net & other similar websites.

If you enjoyed that slideshow, or perhaps suffered through it, here are a few more random pics and a plug to let you know that I’ve been working all year on a webpage on this site called Hankrules2011: A History-by-Pics. It has its own tab on the menu at the top of this website. It’s ever-growing as I come across more things and it’s got a TON of pics ranging from book and magazine covers, art-poetry collaborations, letters, articles, books autographed to me, screenshots of pirates ripping me off and selling my stuff brazenly, library archives, encyclopedia articles, fan mail, catalog and directory entries, stuff in German, Chinese, Finnish, and a lot more, and you’ll find combinations of tiles and stacked galleries, other slide shows, collages and more. Feel free to look at it because there’s always more showing up there.


One of my "grammar nazi" shirts. Used to be funny but now people don't seem to have a sense of humor.
One of my “grammar nazi” shirts. Used to be funny but now people don’t seem to have a sense of humor.
Gerald Locklin's The Firebird Poems - Autographed and continually used as letters to me
Gerald Locklin’s The Firebird Poems – Autographed and continually used as letters to me
Scott C. Holstad, official Amazon Author page
Scott C. Holstad, official Amazon Author page
Minnesota Review Vol 39 1992 with Scott C. Holstad's "Phoenix" published within
Minnesota Review Vol 39 1992 with Scott C. Holstad’s “Phoenix” published within

Flipside 84, 1993. Rodney on the Roq with Paul & Linda McCartney & the poem "nothing" by Scott C. Holstad
Flipside 84, 1993. Rodney on the Roq with Paul & Linda McCartney &; the poem “nothing” by Scott C. Holstad

Scott C. Holstad 1992-93 correspondence in Folder 248 of the Diane Di Prima Papers collection at UNC's Special Collections Library
Scott C. Holstad 1992-93 correspondence in Folder 248 of the Diane Di Prima Papers collection at UNC’s Special Collections Library


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A Review of Camus, A Romance

Posted by Scott Holstad on February 21, 2013

Camus, a RomanceCamus, a Romance by Elizabeth Hawes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t finish this book, no matter how much I love Camus, the author. I got to page 193 and gave up. Hawes is in love with Camus, like literally, and her sentimentality and romantic idealization throw the book off base. Even when she’s talking about his faults, it’s as though she wants to slightly scold a boy child. She takes it pretty easy on him. Now, like I said, I love Camus and have read most of what he’s written. I consider The Plague to be the greatest novel ever written. I even love A Happy Death! But this book simply bored me. And it bothered me a little too. Hawes seems like a stalker in this book. It took me out of my comfort zone. She’s a little too engrossed in her subject. But, boy, could she have written a more scintillating book! It was just flat out boring, and in the end, that’s why I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. Pity. I’m giving it three stars instead of two because of the subject matter.

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RRR Pushcart Prize Nominees

Posted by Scott Holstad on November 19, 2012

Congratulations to our 2012 Ray’s Road Review Pushcart Prize nominees:

  • Jessica Tyner – “Speleology,” Summer 2012
  • A.D. Winans – “No Questions Asked,” Spring 2012
  • Amanda Rachelle Warren – “In Amber,” Summer 2012
  • Brad G. Garber – “Where We May Be Found,” Fall 2012
  • Christin Rice – “Bring Your Soul to Work Day,” Fall 2012
  • Nels Hanson – “No One Can Find Us,” Spring 2012

These works were standouts in a field of good work from which to choose. Here’s hoping the editors at Pushcart will give these fine writers serious consideration. It was an honor publishing these works. Congrats people!

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Amazon.com: The Philip K. Dick Collection 9781598530490: Philip K. Dick, Jonathan Lethem: Books

Posted by Scott Holstad on April 10, 2012

Amazon.com: The Philip K. Dick Collection 9781598530490: Philip K. Dick, Jonathan Lethem: Books.

The Philip K Dick Collection

I realize my birthday isn’t until September, but if anyone cares at all, I really want this Philip K Dick Collection of his best novels! And it’s 37% off list price on Amazon. So, come on — you know you want to, right?  😉

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