Odin Hartshorn Halvorson
Science Fiction & Fantasy Author, Poet, educator
Odin Hartshorn Halvorson is a Puschart-prize nominated writer, geek, and hopeful futurist. A graduate from Stonecoast MFA, his work has been published in Bewildering Stories, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, The Strand, Collective Realms, Book XI: a journal of literary philosophy, Eastern Structures, Duende Literary, The Stonecoast Review, and two anthology collections from Enso Publishing. He has also self-published three poetry collections, including a chapbook of ELH Haiku. He writes avidly for his Medium.com blog @indubitablyodin, with pieces like Hard Work: The Greatest Con, and “Becoming Superman” The Book All Writers Need to Read receiving critical attention. Odin was also a 2021 speaker at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, where he presented his paper on geography within secondary literary worlds.
Odin in the World
Odin is the founder of Round Table Writers, an organization dedicated to "writers helping writers." Odin's love of Roddenberrian and Straczynskian ideals leads him to contemplate technology's role in our evolving philosophic landscape, a line of inquiry threaded through both his fiction and non-fiction writing.
He holds a Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast Program out of the University of Southern Maine and a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Goddard College.
Odin serves as editor-in-chief for Socrates Cafe on Medium, affiliated with the non-profit organization Socrates Cafe. Odin also served as managing editor for the Stonecoast Review. Previously, Odin served as the senior editor for the literary magazine Duende, which is dedicated to exploring diverse and unrecognized voices from around the world, especially engaging with overlooked minorities.
For six years, Odin directed the audio-video department of the Pacific Zen Institute, a West Coast-based Buddhist organization.
In 2017 Odin joined the advisory board for the nonprofit Socrates Cafe/Democracy Cafe, an international organization spearheading work related to democracy and the development of open societies.
Odin regularly volunteers for the Office of Letters and Light, the non-profit responsible for the National Novel Writing Month event. As a Municipal Liaison, Odin has helped to foster a stronger writing community within his county.
Odin is a year-round volunteer for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
He has worked as a tech lead for the 2020 Nebula Awards, the 2020 Surrey International Writing Conference, and was the head of the tech team for the 2020 World Fantasy Convention.