Arik Bjorn is a novelist, screenwriter and essayist, but most of all, a dedicated father and public librarian. He enjoys French silk pie as well as a quality shot of bourbon. His writing explores such themes as the Problem of Pain and building Civilization (or at least humanity's efforts to-date).
Bjorn was the 2016 Democratic Party U.S. Congressional candidate for South Carolina's 2nd District. He holds degrees in archaeology/ancient languages and library science. His work has been read by lots of folks in 190 countries.
He has seven books available, including three essay collections: "Waiting for Civilization," "The R-Rated Theologian" and "Why Bad Things Happen to Good Parrots."
He has one short story collection, "Birds of a Feather," as well as a book of verse, "Pocket Lint."
"So I Ran for Congress" chronicles his experience running for U.S. Congress against Joe "You Lie!" Wilson.
Bjorn's most recent publication is about life in South Carolina during the COVID-19 pandemic, "Show & Tell at World's End."
To read more of Arik Bjorn's writings, visit his website, VikingWord.com -- he is also active on Facebook and Twitter.
p.s. Arik Bjorn is a native Minnesotan who now resides in South Carolina. Please send him pictures of snow on occasion.
Welcome to the pandemic apocalypse! Here is a stay-at-home response to the Hollywood contagion blockbuster currently playing out in our living rooms, juxtaposed against the timeline of the idiots in charge of the United States. Smile for the camera! Say COVID! Time for a selfie at world's end!
Arik Bjorn is a public librarian, and was the 2016 Democratic Party candidate for South Carolina's Second Congressional District. His books and articles have been read in 190 countries. He is the author of six other titles, including a short story collection "Birds of a Feather" and a COVID memoir "Show & Tell at World's End." "Pocket Lint" is his first book of verse.
"The R-Rated Theologian" is an anthology of unabashed Progressive Christian essays by Arik Bjorn, frequent contributor to Patheos and Forward Progressives. From same-sex marriage to Heaven & Hell to the biblical canon, Bjorn tackles Christian theology's sacred cows. As Eric Alexander writes in his introduction, "He is one of today’s true progressive leaders."
With these five short stories and one slaphappily true essay, author Arik Bjorn responds to his fundamentalist Christian background and counters with rebel angels (“Indiana”), resurrected humanists (“Vonnegut Lives!”) and imbibing ministers (“Birds of a Feather”)—plus divinely-disappeared red states and farting tabbies. Bjorn imagines a fresh Christian mythology in his debut fiction work.
In "Why Bad Things Happen to Good Parrots," author Arik Bjorn aims his keyboard at the Creator and asks several pointed questions not about how to live, but about why we are alive. These essays explore the Problem of Evil, the magic chicken multiverse, and chimichanga cosmology--plus there's a bonus tribute to the late, great author Kurt Vonnegut.