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Lance Olsen

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Full Name: Lance Olsen
Born: October 14, 1956
Occupation: Writer, Professor
Nationality: American


Lance Olsen is an American metamodern writer known for his experimental, lyrical, fragmentary, cross-genre narratives that question the limits of historical knowledge.

Lance Olsen was born in New Jersey. He received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin--Madison (1978, honors, Phi Beta Kappa), an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop (1980), and an M.A. (1982) and Ph.D. (1985) from the University of Virginia. For ten years he taught as associate and then full professor at the University of Idaho; for two he directed the University of Idaho's M.F.A. program. He has also taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Virginia, the University of Kentucky, on summer and semester-abroad programs in Oxford and London, on a Fulbright in Turku, Finland, and at various writing conferences. Since 2007 he has taught experimental narrative theory and practice at the University of Utah, and since 2002 he has served as Chair of the Board of Directors at Fiction Collective Two, or FC2; founded in 1974, FC2 is one of America's best-known ongoing literary experiments and progressive art communities. He was Fiction Editor at Western Humanities Review from 2007 to 2013. Olsen's wife, assemblage-artist Andi Olsen, and he divide their time between the mountains of central Idaho and Salt Lake City.

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 Starmont Reader's Guide

 58. (1992)